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GFSL to Reduce the Carbon Footprint in English Prisons 

GFSL to Reduce the Carbon Footprint in English Prisons
17 July 2020
 

Gov Facility Services Ltd is leading a drive to reduce carbon emissions in Southern England’s prisons.

The Ministry of Justice owned Facilities Management company, Gov Facility Services Ltd (GFSL), has identified potential energy savings by replacing inefficient old cell lighting with high efficiency LED fittings.  This follows a trial initiated by GFSL Energy Services Manager Stewart Grew.

GFSL was set up in 2018, and it works closely with Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to deliver a range of facility services to 50 prisons in the south of England.

 

“Once this work is complete, it could support substantial savings at HMP Coldingley and reduce the carbon footprint of the site. The new fittings will require less maintenance and should have a much longer lifespan. 

–Paul Ryder

CEO, GFSL  

 

Annualised Verifiable Emergency Savings of Over 50 Per Cent

 

Grew explains: “We installed electricity loggers on the lighting circuits of two cell blocks at HMP Coldingley. One wing was left in its existing condition while a second was refitted with modern LED cell light fittings. 

“The test was carried out over a month with the loggers taking readings every 30 minutes. The results were extremely promising and identified that we could potentially achieve an overall annualised verifiable energy savings of over 50 per cent.”

As a result, GFSL has begun a project on behalf of the Ministry of Justice to install nearly 9,000 new cell light fittings by March 2021.

GFSL CEO Paul Ryder added: “Once this work is complete, it could support substantial savings at HMP Coldingley and reduce the carbon footprint of the site. The new fittings will require less maintenance and should have a much longer lifespan. 

“It is initiatives like these that are helping HMPPS improve conditions for prisoners, and the wider department in its drive to improve the value for money standing of its budgets, and its drive to support the UK in its net-zero carbon emissions commitments.”

Picture: A photograph of a person fixing a light fitting

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 17 July 2020

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