In November 2021, participants and media from nations and territories around the world are in Glasgow for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP26.

The conference has come at a time of a series of international climate change conferences which are looking to further address the issue of global warming caused by increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, due to human activity.

Here at The Trust we have been constantly recently working on an award-winning transport strategy (Bronze Star Award) that has helped support with a number of recent achievements.

We are also working on our Green Plan that is in line with the overall NHS commitments to be carbon neutral by 2040.

Over recent times The trust has:

  • Sourcing 100 per cent of grid electricity from renewable supplies
  • Spent over £1m on more than 4,800 LED lights installed on site with built-in motion sensing and daylight harvesting
  • Plastic bins have been replaced with ‘bio-bins’ in maternity and all single-use plastic bottles are also recycled in maternity
  • Instilled an active travel strategy for the workforce
  • The hospital’s Colliers restaurant has swapped its single-use plastic cutlery for wooden utensils
  • Axed single use plastic drinking cups at water coolers
  • The hospital has won awards for its environmental work – such as the Modeshift Stars award for green travel
  • Provided sustainable and healthy travel options like Cycle to Work, E-bike loan schemes, journey planning, walking to work initiatives and health and wellbeing events
  • Our Pharmacy department were using over 20,000 plastic bags and have switched to paper bags
  • Installed electric vehicle charging points
  • Occupational Health Team switched to an electric van from a diesel

Our recent work has resulted in the hospital saving 4000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Our pending Green Plan which will highlight further actions we can take.