Royal inauguration of a carbon neutral military dog ​​training center

HRH The Princess Royal this week officially opened a new training facility for military working dogs and their handlers at the Defense Animal Training Regiment (DATR) at Remount Barracks, Melton Mowbray.

The Canine Training Squadron (CTS) is home to approximately 200 highly trained working dogs, training in a variety of roles including police force protection, weapons and explosives searches, counter improvised explosive devices (C-IED) and drug search operations in the UK. and abroad.

DATR Commander Lt. Col. Mike Robinson RAVC said:

The Defense Animal Training Regiment provides innovative and crucial training for our personnel and military dogs.

I am pleased that the Canine Training Squadron Headquarters is officially open and can continue to provide an excellent learning environment for our Armed Forces while fulfilling our NetZero goals.

After an investment of £4.1 million, the new training center will be carbon neutral and 96% self-sufficient.

HRH The Princess Royal met the service staff who presented the training of military dogs and their handlers, and the range of abilities they offer the MOD. Her Royal Highness has also been invited to plant a tree on site as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy. This initiative is part of national celebrations to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Greg Piper, Area Delivery Manager of the Defense Infrastructure Organization for Lincolnshire and East Midlands, said:

The new state-of-the-art training facility will provide a modern, self-contained operational capability for the unit in the future. The project was complex and challenging work, but excellent collaborative work with partners, stakeholders and the client ensured a successful delivery and we are delighted to see this very important facility now fully operational.

An Army Safety and Environment Award was presented to the DATR in March, recognizing the collaborative approach between the unit, the Defense Infrastructure organization and Amey in the delivery of the new center of sustainable training.

The new facility includes three new classrooms, indoor and outdoor training areas, new office space for station headquarters and training facilities.

Using its own solar panels and battery generator, the facility will meet its own electricity needs, and an air-source heat pump and recuperation system will regulate heating throughout the site. A greywater collection system will recycle water for non-potable needs, reducing the main water supply by up to 60%.

The new facility has earned a Defense Related Environmental Assessment Methodology (DREAM) “excellent” rating and will help the military meet its 2050 net zero carbon emissions goals. In addition, cost savings of the project will be invested in the infrastructure of the army. .

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