18 Mar 2021
Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn has secured funds of £880,000 from Salix Finance, to further develop Dyfed-Powys Police into an environmental friendly organisation, and support the action to reduce the impact of climate change.
Salix Finance provide Government funding to the public sector to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills. The £880,0000 grant fund secured by the PCC from Salix Finance UK will allow for significant decarbonisation changes to be made within Dyfed-Powys Police’s estates. Some of these changes will include installing LED lighting across the main buildings at Headquarters, ensure sufficient insulation levels within all of its buildings as well as additional heating, cooling and hot water controls which will reduce consumption and carbon emissions.
Police and Crime Commisssioner Dafydd Llywelyn said, “I welcome the news of this funding that we have secured from Salix Funding. I am committed to ensuring that we have a greener and sustainable organisation here in Dyfed-Powys and that we take an environmentally friendly approach to policing for the future.
“We will now see a substantial amount of energy efficiency upgrades being made as a result of this funding. These upgrades will have a significant impact on the carbon footprint of Dyfed-Powys Police, and we also anticipate that there will be long term financial savings for the Force as a result of the investments that we will make”.
Liam Gillard, Programme Manager at Salix Finance, said: “We’re really pleased Dyfed-Powys Police has benefited from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme and that we were able to support them with their ongoing sustainability and carbon management plans. We look forward to following their environmental journey as they continue to implement energy efficiency projects.”
PCC Dafydd Llywelyn earlier this year also made a commitment to invest in 11 electric vehicles for the Force, with the aim of cutting carbon emissions and working towards a more sustainable future. Neighbourhood Policing Teams across the force will soon welcome the new vehicles, which will be used for community engagement and targeted problem solving work.
An e-Bike charging station is also in the process of being installed at Aberystwyth Police Station following funding from Ceredigion County Council, and a certificate was received recently to acknowledge that electricity purchased by the Force is supplied entirely through renewable sources.
PCC Dafydd Llywelyn said: “As an organisation, it is important that we continue to identify ways of taking further environmentally friendly steps to reduce our carbon footprint, minimise fuel consumption, and also experience the benefits of renewable energy.
“I’m extremely pleased of how our carbon management plans have developed in recent years, and I now look forward seeing the energy efficiency upgrades being made within our estates through the Salix Finance funding”.
Policy and Engagment Advisor