PCCs striving to meet challenges of climate change


APCC Environment and Sustainability Leads say Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are ‘at the heart of the decarbonisation agenda’ in the latest In Focus report published today, Tuesday 2 August.

Climate change is an important issue for the British public and this gives PCCs a strong mandate as the public’s voice to ensure that policing is striving to meet its challenges and taking the steps to mitigate the risks that it poses.

The report produced by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners -  In Focus report on Environment and Sustainability - highlights the work that PCCs are doing up and down the country to reduce the carbon footprint in their force area and ensure a sustainable future.

Merseyside's Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell, whose work was featured within the report, said: "Climate change is a concern for us all. We have a shared responsibility to protect our environment and create greener, healthier spaces.

"Given our responsibility for police estates, PCCs can play a key role in these efforts.

"I’m proud that here in Merseyside, we are committed to ensuring our stations and services are as environmentally-friendly, sustainable and efficient as possible."

APCC Joint Leads on Environment and Sustainability, Joy Allen and Tim Passmore, said: “PCCs have a critical role to play in ensuring that their forces, commissioned services, and offices are employing environmentally friendly and sustainable practices.

“If we do not act now, the implications for policing could include growing protest movements, more civil emergencies (such as flooding), a rise in Organised Crime Groups taking advantage of demand for resources and demand on the police to enforce new legislative restrictions against those causing environmental harm.”

With the Government committed to achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050, and the College of Policing identifying climate change as one of the ten most significant challenges for policing over the next ten years, the APCC has joined forces with its policing partners at the National Police Chiefs Council and BlueLight Commercial, to deliver a policing decarbonisation programme, first launched in November 2021.

Both Joy and Tim sit on the strategic Board that is overseeing this vital programme of work. The Board builds on the great work already happening across policing and helps to drive collaboration and accelerate progress across all forces, delivering a decarbonisation roadmap, setting standards and highlighting some of the best practices that are already happening within individual forces.

BlueLight Commercial CEO, Lianne Deeming, said: “The last few years has really bought into focus the impact that human activity has had on our climate and the threat posed by climate change.

“It is great to see that Police and Crime Commissioners are very much at the forefront of driving and embracing the significant changes that will be needed across policing to achieve a sustainable future, balancing economic, environmental, and social activity.

“The sustainability programme will help to provide guidance and leadership to forces, develop partnerships and share best practise, measure collective improvements and act as an enabler and accelerator of change.”

You can find out more about the programme here - Sustainability Decarbonisation Programme Launch 

Download/view the Environment & Sustainability In Focus report