Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has received the Planet Mark accreditation for 2020, making it four years in a row.
The accreditation recognises that the Trust continues to be at the forefront of implementing carbon reduction initiatives in the NHS, having further reduced their carbon footprint by 3.4% from the previous year.
Graham Snowling, the Trust’s Environmental Sustainability Manager said: “Homerton was the first Trust in the country to gain the Planet Mark accreditation, and even though 2020 has been challenging for the NHS, we have continued to work hard to reduce our carbon footprint.
We were also happy to win the Planet Mark award for Data Quality & Collection for the second year, a sign of the times that the event was an online award ceremony, but no less rewarding for the team that their hard work was recognised by Planet Mark.
This year, the Trust have signed up for the NHS plastics pledge to ensure that they are limiting and replacing single use plastics with more sustainable materials.
Graham also added: “Right now, we’re undertaking site wide energy audits to help reduce our energy even more and putting our plan together to decarbonise our heating over the longer term.
We will be submitting an application to the new NHS Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme following the energy audit, to make some lasting improvements to our heat and energy systems and reduce our carbon footprint.
We have an ongoing project looking at some sub-metering on the site so we can see where improvements can be made in better detail.”
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