Over the past year the Trust has continued with its commitment to hit the 2015 target of reducing its carbon footprint by 10 per cent and integrating sustainability best practice into every part of our organisation.
To help achieve this target some of the following technology has also been installed:
- Energy efficient LED lighting
- Solar panels (photovoltaic (PV) systems)
- Energy efficient gas burners
- Large scale heat recovery units
All of which will reduce the costs associated with energy usage around the Trust.
Our staff and hospital users have been encouraged to think about their role in helping to improve sustainability. Initiatives have included promotional stands, ‘grow your own’ schemes, a wildlife photography competition and support from the Trust’s new sustainability group.
Our sustainable transport plan was singled out as an example of good practice. Its implementation has seen more secure cycle storage, anti-theft police registration days and free bike services. We have been working to improving public transport for hospital staff, patients and the community.
We are continuously improving how we manage and recycle waste on our sites. Currently we recycle batteries, paper and plastic and we are always looking for opportunities to improve what we recycle and re-use. Looking forward the Trust is developing a five year plan to ensure that the environmental and economic benefits of sustainable procurement can also be achieved.
The Trust’s Sustainable Development Management Plan (SDMP) was approved by the Board this year. The plan is in place to ensure we conduct all aspects of our activities with due consideration for sustainability. The plan also ensures that we continue to develop partnerships with organisations who share the same passion and enthusiasm for sustainability.
We are fully compliant with the Governments Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC EES) and the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS).