In response to feedback from our staff the Trust has set up a new sustainability group led by our Director of Performance, Rachael Backler.
The group is made up of staff from different roles across the Trust, and is looking at different themes sitting under the sustainability banner. This includes discussing a ‘greener outlook’, people’s ideas to improve our workplace, how we can set a good example and make a valuable contribution towards sustainability in the wider community.
The group is initially focussing on these main topics:
- Recycling - promoting recycling and sharing better information
- Procurement - which will encompass areas like single use/ less packaging
- Clinical model – encouraging use of greener equipment/supplies where appropriate (with safety always at the forefront)
- Greener choices - giving people information, encouragement and support where needed to make greener choices
Rachael said: “Our staff been showing more and more interest in subjects such as recycling, using less packaging and adopting more of a digital approach where possible. We want to put people’s ideas into practice, and make it even easier to be environmentally friendly our day-to-day work. We look forward to sharing results and celebrating successful ideas as the year progresses.”
Our Trust action plan
The Trust is committed to doing more to reduce our carbon footprint, be more energy efficient and reduce waste. There are huge benefits from this, not just for our planet, but for the continued health and wellbeing of our staff and our physical environment. For example, air pollution is linked to killer conditions like heart disease, stroke and lung cancer, contributing to around 36,000 deaths annually.
To get us going we are launching our sustainability action plan setting out a number of actions that we will take as a trust this year. These actions have been developed by our staff sustainability group. Before April 2021 we will then be engaging with staff more widely to develop our sustainability strategy. Our initial action plan is laid out below:
- We will launch a monthly update to regularly promote the importance of waste management, energy saving and greener options that clinical teams can take. We will share examples of initiatives that staff are already leading across the trust
- We will work with our waste management partner ISS to make recycling options more readily available and promote amongst trust staff before the end of December 2020
- We will work with our procurement partners to embed sustainability criteria into our purchasing decision-making before the end of March 2021
- We will engage staff in the development of our sustainability strategy between January and March 2021. The strategy will include setting targets for waste reduction and energy efficiency.
Did you know...
- Using a refillable bottle for a year saves 64kg of CO2 compared with single use plastic bottles
- Turning off equipment and lights and controlling temperatures can lead to great savings, Barts Health saved 2,200 tonnes of carbon a year across six sites
- Saving one journey a week of 16.7 miles reduces the equivalent of 230kg of CO2e per person
- Great Ormond Street Hospital saved an incredible 21 tonnes of plastic, (and £90,000) by safely reducing their consumption of disposable gloves
- You can also find out more about the national programme for a Greener NHS.