Background and Carbon Management

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Environment and Sustainability is part of the remit of the Estates and Facilities Division.  However, the sustainable impact of the Trust's activities is the responsibility of all departments and staff within the organisation.

The Earth's climate is changing. Rising temperatures will bring about changes in weather patterns, rising sea levels and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather. This will have a profound effect on health and the services the NHS provides. We all have a role to play and the power to make a difference to avoid making the problem worse, so cutting carbon emissions is a priority. 

Carbon Management

Many carbon reduction schemes are linked to reducing energy consumption and that means improvements in the efficiency of everything from lights to boiler house controls and in the design of new buildings.

Carbon Emission Legislation and Targets

The Climate Change Act (2008) set a legally binding target to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

To achieve this ambitious target a series of interim targets have been agreed (based on the 1990 levels):

  • a reduction in carbon emissions of 34% by 2020
  • a reduction in carbon emissions of 64% by 2030

Building emissions are from energy use related to the electricity, gas and fuel oil which are used within our buildings.  These are the emissions which are counted within the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC).

The Trust is a participant in the CRC.  The scheme is a mandatory energy efficiency scheme for the UK that aims to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.  Participant organisations must monitor and report their energy use (gas, electricity and fuel oil) and then purchase allowances for each tonne of CO2 they produce within the scheme.

Trust carbon emissions from April 2014 to March 2015 were 24,237 tonnes of CO2 and cost £378,758.

Waste emissions are from the wastes which we send to landfill and from the treatment of our clinical wastes (incineration and alternative treatment processes).

Transport emissions are from our fleet vehicles e.g. the vans used by the maintenance teams, pool cars and staff business travel.

Progress on the reduction of the carbon footprint is reported on a quarterly basis to the Sustainability Committee.

Carbon Management Plan

The GHNHSFT Carbon Management Plan (2010) was written as part of the NHS Carbon Management Programme facilitated by the Carbon Trust.

To achieve this the Trust has a series of projects and these are outlined within our sustainable development action plan.  The projects include technical solutions, behavioural changes, and policy and procedure reviews resulting in a mix of "quick win" projects and high carbon saving / longer-term strategic projects.


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Recycling and waste

Find out what we're doing to recycle as much as we can in all areas.


What we're doing to maximise energy efficiency and reduce waste.



We're promoting sustainable travel to our patients and our staff, find out more. 


Purchasing goods & services

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