Carbon Emission Legislation and Targets
The Climate Change Act (2008) set a legally binding target to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels.
To achieve this ambitious target a series of interim targets have been agreed (based on the 1990 levels):
- a reduction in carbon emissions of 26% by 2020
- a reduction in carbon emissions of 64% by 2030
The NHS has set an interim target of reducing its 2007 carbon footprint by 10% by 2015. Saving Carbon, Improving Health - The NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England (2009, NHS Sustainable Development Unit) has been written to help trusts achieve this target.
GHNHSFT Carbon Footprint
The GHNHSFT carbon footprint for 2010-2011 was 27,692 tonnes CO2.
Building emissions are from energy use related to the electricity, gas and fuel oil which are used within our buildings. These are the emissions which are counted within the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC).
Waste emissions are from the wastes which we send to landfill and from the treatment of our clinical wastes (incineration and alternative treatment processes).
Transport emissions are from our fleet vehicles e.g. the vans used by the maintenance teams, pool cars and staff business travel.
Progress on the reduction of the carbon footprint is reported on a quarterly basis to the Sustainability Committee.
Carbon Management Plan
The GHNHSFT Carbon Management Plan (2010) was written as part of the NHS Carbon Management Programme facilitated by the Carbon Trust.
The Trust has set a target to reduce carbon emissions from its activities by 10% from the 2008/09 baseline by 2015.
To achieve this the Trust has a series of projects and these are outlined within the Sustainability Action Plan. The projects include technical solutions, behavioural changes, and policy and procedure reviews resulting in a mix of "quick win" projects and high carbon saving / longer-term strategic projects.
These actions will require investment, however many of the projects will generate cost savings and these savings can be used to fund further carbon reducing schemes.
In addition the Carbon Management Plan aims to ensure that carbon management considerations are embedded within the organisation, thus creating a low carbon culture. These follow seven themes:
- Policy - embedding CO2 saving across the organisation
- Responsibility - being clear that saving CO2 is everyones job
- Data Management - using appropriate and accurate data
- Communication and Training - ensuring everyone is aware
- Finance and Investment - the money to match the commitment
- Procurement - buying a sustainable future from sustainable providers
- Monitoring and Evaluation - measuring the difference, measuring the benefit
The Carbon Management Plan is supported by the Sustainable Development Management Plan.