NHS Sustainability Day
DCHS is recognised by many NHS promoting organisations as one of the most sustainably efficient trusts in the country. For the past 3 years, we have been shortlisted and won twice sustainability awards from NHS Sustainability and IHEEM. Prior to that we were shorted listed twice for HSJ carbon reduction awards.
- Since 2010 DCHS has reduced its overall carbon footprint by over 4000 tonnes (30%). This figure includes reductions from energy, travel, waste and water.
- One tonne of carbon emissions is equivalent to half an elephant in weight and is also equivalent to providing energy for 11 houses per year
- On average typical household in the UK spend approx. £1000 on energy per year
- Since 2010 DCHS has reduced its energy, travel, waste and water expenditure by just over £2 million. (30%)
- Since 2010 DCHS has spent approx. £1.5 million on various Capital schemes, including lighting replacement and photovoltaic power generation
- Our annual income from PV power generation is £30k
- 85% of our total waste is either recycled or used to generate energy (by external waste contractors)
- Since 2010 DCHS has reduced its business miles form 10 million miles down to 5 million. (these are approx. figures prior to e-mileage travel figures used to be estimated)
Above achievements are the result of the following
- Capital investment – numerous small to medium size schemes enhancing energy efficiencies
- Innovation – innovative use of IM/T in agile and mobile working, teleconferencing, back office efficiencies, effective estates management and space utilisation.
- Behaviour – adopting and embedding good practices into working culture examples include waste management and segregation, waste reduction, switch off/not waste attitude. (its estimated this has reduced our overall reduction by approx. 2%)
Above mentioned, excellent achievements are down to dedicated work forcefully committed to working, DCHS way. The next target that we need to meet by 2020 is total carbon reductions of 34%. I have no doubt if we carry on with all the good work we have done so far we not only achieve the target but more likely to exceed it.
One of the significant challenges for us is the unnecessary waste of energy, primarily this comes from lights and electronic equipment being left on when not in use.
When it comes to saving energy, usually small actions make big difference. Switching lights off in an empty room is perhaps the easiest thing we can do to make big difference. One easy way to remember to turn off light is to compare the light with a water tap. How often will you forget to turn off the water tap after using it? The answer is very rare, so why leave the light switched on? The way electricity prices are rising the cost of wasting electricity soon will be as same as wasting water.