May 26, 2009
Programme to promote energy efficiency in the police force.
Summary of the case
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Energy Efficiency Programme is an initiative that aims to improve energy efficiency in relation to already existing MPS buildings and practices. The programme has roots that can be traced to 1991, although its current initiatives in respect of its involvement in London’s Building Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) programme from 2008 are the primary focus here. The wider context for this is that the MPS is committed to re-ducing its CO2 emissions by 10 per cent by 2010 and 30 per cent by 2025.
Although the focus is on the MPS the priorities of the MPS need to be understood within the context of its relationship to the Mayor of London and also in respect of the Mayor’s relation-ships to the leaders of other large cities. The setting of the MPS’s strategic priorities are thus ‘nested’ and need to be understood in terms of the ways in which these relationships enable, constrain and condition the MPS’s priorities. This is illustrated here through the example of the MPS’s £5.7 million involvement in its energy efficiency programme.
In doing this the case highlights that the relationships between strategic objectives and opera-tional outcomes requires a better understanding of processes and learning in terms of both the development of operational objectives and attempts to embed them through projects and activi-ties.