GFSL delivers on carbon reduction targets in English prisons

Gov Facility Services Ltd (GFSL), has launched a project to upgrade the existing lighting in HMP Elmley to high efficiency LED fittings, saving the Ministry of Justice c£115, 000 and c183 tonnes of CO2 annually.

This energy saving initiative is running alongside another project in which GFSL is working with the Ministry of Justice to install nearly c5,560 new cell light fittings across 20 sites by March 2021. This wider partnership project will reduce operating costs over the 20 sites by c£121,000 a year, saving c750,000 kWhrs and c168 tonnes of CO2.

GFSL Energy Services Manager Stewart Grew explains:

We are committed to reducing carbon emissions in the Southern England prisons and are proud to say that these 2 projects will reduce our carbon footprint by c351 tonnes of CO2 annually.

GFSL CEO Paul Ryder adds:

The lighting upgrade project at HMP Elmley is an important piece of work that shows how committed the MOJ and GFSL teams are towards meeting our carbon footprint targets in English prisons. This scheme will significantly reduce maintenance costs, and allow GFSL to dedicate more resources to improving conditions for residents.


Gov Facility Services Limited (GFSL) is a Ministry of Justice owned not-for-profit company. Set up in 2018, we work closely with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to deliver a range of facility services to 48 prisons in the south of England, including statutory and mandatory planned maintenance, reactive repair, cleaning, stores operation and Project works. We also help the Prison Service reduce reoffending by providing opportunities for prisoners to develop skills and gain work experience. We currently support over a million hours per year of work by prisoners across the 48 prisons we maintain.

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