Homerton University Hospital retains The Planet Mark

Oct 17, 2018 | News

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

For the second year as the Trust cuts annual carbon footprint by 9.6%.

Homerton cut its total carbon footprint by 9.6% in 2017-18, compared to the previous reporting period. This carbon reduction means the Trust has retained The Planet Mark Certification for a second consecutive year.

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is based in Hackney and provides general health services within both hospital and community environments. The hospital has almost 500 beds spread across 11 wards, a nine-bed intensive care unit and maternity, paediatric and neonatal wards.

Homerton University Hospital has been working with energy and sustainability consultancy Low Carbon Europe (LCE), an Associate Partner of The Planet Mark™, since 2016 to manage its environmental impacts. This is Homerton’s second year of business carbon footprint reporting with The Planet Mark. By retaining the certification, Homerton are also directly and measurably contributing to seven of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The NHS Trust was officially presented with The Planet Mark™ Certificate at its Education Centre. Upon receiving the certificate Homerton director of Estates and Facilities Chris Forster commented: “The Trust is pleased to retain its accreditation to Planet Mark which reflects the Trusts commitment to the Environment. The Trust fully commits to ongoing improvement and has a board approved sustainability strategy and SDMP to achieve this. Working in partnership with LCE has enabled the Trust to identify and deliver improvements and improve the awareness of the organisation and the wider community.”

The Trust retained certification to The Planet Mark by showing good practice in sustainability including

  • Achieving a 9.6% total carbon footprint reduction
  • Decreasing carbon emissions from buildings by 9.7%
  • Reducing carbon emissions from travel by 16.7%
  • Decreasing total carbon footprint per employee by 9.5%

A number of additional initiatives have taken place over the last 12 months to make this certification possible including the roll out of LED lighting, which will be completed by end of October.

Commenting on Homerton’s achievements, Steve Malkin, CEO and founder of The Planet Mark™, said “Presenting The Planet Mark to Homerton Hospital is one of the most gratifying things that we can do. When people give so much to society, through their work, to see them go above and beyond by reducing their carbon emissions, increasing their recycling and cutting out their use of plastic, is one of the most uplifting experiences you can imagine.”

Throughout the next year, LCE and the Trust will be focussing on implementing a number of initiatives to further drive carbon reductions. These include:

  • Implementing LED lamps within internal light fittings throughout the site.
  • Investigating the opportunity to procure electric vehicles and bikes.
  • Upgrading to smart meters where possible to improve data quality, monitoring and reporting.

Even more exciting are their ongoing plans to deliver energy efficiency and carbon saving at Homerton hospital, the net result of which will be a cost saving to the hospital so that money can be used for healthcare services.

Darren Jones, Managing Director at LCE commented “LCE are absolutely thrilled to have supported Homerton University Hospital in retaining its Planet Mark accreditation. Through our special partnership with the Trust, LCE will continue to support the delivery of tangible carbon reduction improvements and organisational awareness that ensures progress is maintained towards future Planet Mark and wider NHS, Carbon reduction targets. Maintaining the Planet Mark has been a real team effort and LCE are very proud to have been part of that team.”

LCE said going forward it would continue to work with the Trust to support embedding sustainability throughout the organisation and help ensure carbon reductions are made in order to meet Climate Change Act 2008 targets and retain The Planet Mark™ Certificate year-on-year.

The Planet Mark

The Planet Mark is an internationally recognised and trusted sustainability certification programme, recognising commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability. It is awarded to businesses, properties, new developments and projects that are committed to reducing their carbon emissions. Partnered with the Eden Project, The Planet Mark contributes 5% of all certification fees to the award-winning visitor attraction. Each certification also comes with 12 free tickets to Eden Project, encouraging organisations to learn more about climate change and the importance of biodiversity.

The first year certification to The Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. In subsequent years, holders of The Planet Mark have a minimum requirement to reduce their carbon emissions by 2.5% per year. The average absolute carbon reduction achieved by holders is 4% per annum and 12% per employee per annum.