NHS prescribes green measures for sustainability

The NHS is encouraging its staff to take part in its national campaign that aims to promote sustainability in the organisation. It is challenging people to do “one thing differently” […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The NHS is encouraging its staff to take part in its national campaign that aims to promote sustainability in the organisation.

It is challenging people to do “one thing differently” on the 26th of March as part of the NHS Sustainability Day to achieve better sustainability practice across its facilities.

Some of the pledges made so far include clinical and household recycling, running paperless meetings, making short journeys on foot rather than using a car as well as reducing energy use.

 

Trevor Payne, Director of Estates and Facilities at Barts Health told ELN: “If an organisation hasn’t started to do anything about sustainability, it can be quite daunting. So this is really an opportunity to say ‘Start simple but these are some things you can do’.”

He added the aim is to also encourage people to continue with the pledges throughout the year.

The NHS has one of the largest estates in Europe, covering more than 6,000 hectares of land and is estimated to spend around £600 million a year on energy.

The organisation also hopes to be more energy efficient and cut costs by switching its lighting system in some facilities to LEDs.