Energy efficiency

Energy use and its consequent impact on climate change is an important issue for all of us.

Tracks left in the wet sand by an RNLI lifeguard’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV)

Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard

Amongst the shifting sand dunes at Formby.

In the UK, the government has committed to reducing carbon emissions (CO²) by 80% by 2050 and the RNLI has its part to play in achieving this. 

Increasingly legislation is making improving energy efficiency mandatory. We have achieved the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) compliance in the UK and Statutory Instrument 426 (SI 426) compliance in Ireland through measuring and assessing our energy use and identifying opportunities for improvement. 

Developing a plan of actions to improve our energy efficiency, financial savings and carbon reduction where it is practical and cost-effective to do so is now a continuous process.

Monitoring our energy consumption

To ensure we are managing and using energy as efficiently as we can, we are installing energy meters and monitors in appropriate buildings.

This will provide a much clearer picture of our energy use and enable more accurate control, maintenance and replacement of our systems to improve our efficiency and reduce costs.

Automatic electricity meters are being fitted to the majority of our lifeboat stations and the cost of this is being met by our energy provider. These will dramatically increase the accuracy of our electricity and carbon emission monitoring as well as our billing.

Using sustainable energy

We use renewable energy sources where possible and currently have 23 solar photo-voltaic (PV) power systems, 20 heat pump installations and 1 wind turbine. During 2015 these renewable energies generated a total of 653,000 kWh output, an earnings and savings benefit of £122,300, alongside reducing our carbon emissions.