Yeovilton wins award for reducing its carbon footprint
£1.4 MILLION energy saving has been achieved at RNAS Yeovilton in Financial year (FY) 2011/2012 largely thanks to their then Energy Manager, Arfon Fry who has received a prestigious MoD Energy Award during a ceremony for the Sanctuary and The Ministry of Defence (MOD) Energy Awards. Sanctuary is the MOD’s flagship conservation Magazine.
When Arfon joined the team at RNAS Yeovilton his title, Energy Manager had a very simple objective. As Arfon puts it “my rather simple remit was to save money and energy” he adds “I pushed for mains gas introduction to replace heating oil and this has directly resulted in the lowest carbon emissions ever seen! The Stations target was a 9500 tonne emission but we were always over this. The last FY saw it reduced to 7300 tonnes and I hope to see it lowered again this year”.
Arfon realised that education would also result in continued energy savings and got involved in the new joiners brief. Arfon said “I wanted to catch them early and clearly define the expectation of RNAS Yeovilton in reducing its energy consumption. I also proactively involved contractors and energy wardens”
The Sanctuary Awards recognise individuals and teams for their efforts here in the UK and overseas to conserve energy and cut carbon emissions. Covering 4 categories Environmental: Sustainability: Heritage and individual contribution "The Sanctuary and Energy Awards celebrate people who not only protect our heritage and environment, but also collectively save the British taxpayer millions of pounds..
The awards this year were presented by Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, at MOD Whitehall.