Posted on Friday 17th February 2012
North Cumbria’s two hospitals are getting greener after reducing carbon emissions by 34 tonnes this year.
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has achieved a reduction of its carbon emissions by 34 tonnes which was a target set by the Trust Board in April 2011.The carbon emissions target forms part of the Trust’s overall plans to strive to become greener and more carbon efficient for the future and to protect Cumbria’s environment.
The NHS, as a whole, is dedicated to becoming a lead for the public sector on climate change and sustainable development and has a national target of 25% reduction of carbon emissions to make by 2015.
The Trust is actively working to improve its standing as a significant user of transport, energy, water and waste processing services. In partnership with the Carbon Trust, the Trust has identified key areas for intervention, with 17 key projects, delivering efficiency savings and sustainable carbon management.
In addition to the 17 ongoing projects, the Trust has implemented and maintained the following throughout 2011:
Recycling of paper, glass, metal and cardboard realising a 100 tonne carbon reduction
Cycle to work scheme realising a 50 tonne carbon reduction
Introduction of video teleconferencing realising a 50 tonne carbon reduction on reduced travel
Many of the ongoing projects are linked to the redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital. The Trust wants to ensure that the new hospital makes good use of natural resources and does not damage the environment. In order to limit the environmental impact of the redevelopment, the Trust is considering its use of energy and emissions of CO2, use of water, material use and transport. Careful management of all of these aspects will contribute to a low carbon hospital, providing a better environment for patients, staff and the local community.
The Trust has also been successful in acquiring a NHS Forest Project from the Centre of Sustainable Healthcare. This will result in 105 British native trees from the Woodland Trust being planted within the hospital grounds in both Carlisle and Whitehaven during March 2012, which will be used to offset carbon emissions and celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Jan Wharton, Head of Resilience & Sustainability for the Trust, said: “This is a significant milestone for the Trust and the local health economy, providing a springboard for the next few years when the Trust will continue to reduce carbon emissions. The Trust has shown a commitment to cleaner, greener, energy efficient and sustainable hospitals.”
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will continue to work closely with the Carbon Trust to identify further carbon emissions reductions and savings opportunities for the future.