As the largest public sector emitter of carbon emissions, the health sector has a duty to meet targets which are entrenched in law. The James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust continues to make significant progress to improve its impact on the environment and improve its sustainability.
Reducing Our Emissions
The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has made significant capital investment to help reduce CO2 emissions since it introduced a baseline and reduction target in 2007.
Over the past 12 months the total emissions produced by the Trust from imported gas, oil and electricity have reduced from 5,780 tCO2e to 5,554 tCO2e despite additional business activity and a harsh winter. The CO2 emissions have been reduced by improved utilisation of renewable energy sources (e.g. Combined Heat & Power Generators, PV Solar panels and efficient boiler plant) and as a result of site rationalisation.
In 2014, the Trust submitted a planning application to Great Yarmouth Borough Council to build 1,444 solar panels around the hospital site in order to save on electricity costs and cut carbon usage.
The panels were funded by a £550,000 grant from the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund; a national scheme ran by the Department of Health to help energy efficiency projects in the NHS.
In 12 months –
The Trust produced around 400 tonnes of domestic waste, with more than 70% of this being recycled.
The Trust produced more than 50 tonnes of cardboard, all of which was recycled.
Almost 16 tonnes of metal waste was recycled.
Eighty-eight per cent of waste electrical and electronic equipment – equating to 6.72 tonnes out of 7.08 tonnes – was recycled.
Medical equipment no longer used by the Trust is sent for onward sale or re-use.
Paints, toners, light bulbs, glass and batteries are among the other items recycled and we are looking at other schemes to reduce both dry mixed waste, including plastics, and food waste.
Other recycling initiatives
As part of our commitment to selecting environmentally-friendly products, the James Paget is now using recycled A4 paper wherever possible, including for photocopying. The paper is 100% recycled and unbleached – and its production requires less water and energy, and produces less carbon dioxide, than standard non-recycled copier paper.
Recycling bins have been placed in various areas of the Trust for staff to deposit waste, including plastics and drink cans, for our on-site dry-mix recycling compactor.
Wooden and metal cutlery is used in our onsite restaurant and café areas, rather than single—use plastic cutlery.