UK’s greenest and most innovative prison revealed

  • greenest new prison ever as government prepares to operate as net zero in future
  • delinquents will also be trained in the professions of the future, which will stimulate their reintegration and reduce crime

The new Glen Parva Prison, Leicestershire, will play a crucial role in reducing crime by training up to 500 inmates at a time in future skills such as coding, recycling and waste management to help them to find employment upon release in new and emerging technologies and significantly reduce their risk of reoffending.

All inmates will also have access to in-cell technology to obtain a range of qualifications, such as math, English, computer science and engineering.

The large infrastructure project serves as a model for the government’s ambitious prison construction program, which will create 20,000 modern rehabilitation places by the mid-2020s. The program is supported by unprecedented funding of £ 3. £ 8 billion confirmed in last week’s spending review.

Deputy Prime Minister Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said:

We deliver the largest and most innovative prison building program in a century.

Glen Parva represents the future, using in-cell technology to raise reading and writing standards and designing workshops to get offenders to work – to reduce recidivism and protect the public.

In total, the new prison will be 35% greener than HMP Berwyn in North Wales, which opened just 4 years ago.

The new prison, which opened in 2023, was largely built off-site using cutting-edge technology – speeding up construction and minimizing waste. The rubble of the old prison demolished on this site has been reused and will use green energy including more than 960 solar panels and infrastructure for electric vehicle charging points.

The construction project also piloted the use of generator sets which have been converted from using diesel to be powered by specially treated vegetable oil – reducing CO2 emissions by 90% thanks to this fossil-free technology. .

After Glen Parva, the next four new prisons have been specially designed to further reduce carbon emissions by at least 85%, ultimately saving 280,000 tonnes of carbon and reducing energy bills by £ 100million.

As part of the government’s plans to rebuild more environmentally and reach net zero by 2050, the prisoners will also help plant more than 3,500 trees this winter, which will prevent 875 tonnes of carbon emissions over the course of their life. Nurseries will be established in seven other prisons which will eventually grow 100,000 trees from seed each year and provide offenders with the opportunity to acquire horticultural skills and qualifications, thus increasing their chances of employment upon release.

HMP Garth offenders are trained to produce LED lights, which use 62% less electricity and are expected to save the prison service around £ 2.5million in energy costs per year once installed in the field.

And an additional investment of £ 12million is funding the installation of solar panels in 19 other prisons in England and Wales, bringing the total number of panels across the estate to over 20,000. electric vehicle charging are also installed for staff in 40 prisons.

Notes to Editors

  • Our next 4 prisons will be built to run from zero in the future – see GOV.UK for more information
  • once built, the new Glen Parva prison will create approximately 1,700 modern prison spaces

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