Protection of the environment relates to threats such as flood and pollution. The vision of the Agency is of "a rich, healthy and diverse environment for present and future generations". Similarly, in an arrangement with NRWpolitical and operational areas are not coterminus.
It started this process from a good place: But when the agency set itself the challenging target, it realised it would need to go beyond standard technology but to also make some simple, but fundamental changes, to its operating procedures. The technical solution it chose was voltage optimisation.
Now installed in 40 buildings, this technology carefully reduces incoming electricity supply to volts, saving energy while allowing all equipment to function normally. The second initiative was labelled "keeping it warm; keeping it simple".
A new rule has been imposed which means that now none of the agency's buildings is heated to more than 19C in winter, or cooled below 26C in summer — a far tougher regime than many organisations have set. Implementing the two solutions has inevitably involved challenges.
Installing voltage optimisation in dozens of buildings — many of which have to operate hour emergency systems like flood warning — meant the roll out had to be managed carefully, and allowing each building to be shut down for 12 hours while the technology was being fitted.
Staff also worked overtime to make sure disruption was kept to a minimum.
The agency has had to explain new rules on ambient temperature carefully as it recognised that not all staff feel the cold or heat in the same way.
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