Environmental sustainability

At the RNLI we strive to implement innovative, efficient and sustainable ways to manage our environmental impact, minimise our carbon footprint and reduce costs. 
Aith RNLI Mechanic Kevin Henry with the station’s Severn class lifeboat, Charles Lidbury 17-14, and wind turbine in the background

Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard

Aith RNLI Mechanic Kevin Henry.

In this way we aim to maintain and enhance the way we save lives at sea, reduce any negative effects and optimise positive impacts on the environment.

Protecting our environment

We are certified to ISO 14001:2004, which is the international standard for environmental management systems, and are transitioning to the revised standard ISO 14001:2015.

We have identified our significant impacts and the legislation that applies to us and operate a management system to measure, monitor and control our environmental impacts.  

This, together with our Environmental Policy, will help us continue to achieve improvements and savings across the organisation as we work toward our sustainability vision.

Here‘s how we’re striving to be more environmentally sustainable.

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Tracks left in the wet sand by an RNLI lifeguard’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV)
Energy efficiency
Energy use and its consequent impact on climate change is an important issue for all of us.
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Exmouth Lifeboat Station is one of a growing number of stations fitted with a ground source heat pump
Renewable technologies
We’re using renewable energy sources from the sun, wind, ground and water to reduce our carbon footprint and make financial savings.
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Mersey class relief lifeboat, Lifetime Care 12-11, being transported by road to Leverburgh Lifeboat Station to ensure continuous rescue cover
Fuel efficiency
We’re working to improve our fuel efficiency and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from our vehicles, lifeboats and rescue watercraft.
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Our 235 Made for life range at RNLI Shop is made from lifejackets worn by our very own lifesavers
Eliminating waste
We follow the waste hierarchy - to eliminate, reduce, reuse, recycle or recover waste before considering disposal.
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Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station on the Llyn Peninsula is an area of outstanding beauty (AONB)
Protecting habitats
We respect and adhere to conservation designations to help protect the ecosystems, habitats, flora and fauna around us on land and in water.
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Our Environmental Policy
Leverburgh RNLI’s Mersey class lifeboat, The Royal Thames 12-36, moored at the station
Our Environmental Policy
Our Environmental Policy sets out our environmental objectives as we work toward our sustainability vision.
Our Environmental Policy