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Trust continues to improve its carbon footprint

29 December 2015

Environment

Since being awarded a £1.5m grant in 2013 from the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund, Southend University Hospital continues to improve its carbon footprint.

The award helped fund many schemes including: water efficient shower facilities; recycling of wastewater from kidney dialysis machines; personal computer automatic shutdown; insulation of roof and energy efficient heat air curtains. 

As well as these technical schemes, the Green Team at the trust are also launching a 2016 eco-efficiency calendar which suggests ways we can all make small changes in our daily working lives to minimise the impact we have on the environment.

Manoj Chohan, energy manager, said: "We recognise though that the behaviours of staff, patients and visitors, all are equally as important as technical schemes so we have produced a 2016 eco-calendar to encourage the responsible use of precious resources and carbon both at the hospital and at home." 

Tips have been supplied by different working areas of the hospital including pharmacy, IT and the post room as well as from the green team themselves. Tips include: 

  • April- We get through 28 million paper hand towels a year, so use them sparingly and always dispose of them responsibly in the waste bins provided 
  • July- Switch off any lights that aren't in use. Don't forget to also switch off printers, photocopiers, kettles, mobile phone chargers and any non- essential, non-medical electrical appliances 
  • August- We use over 13.5 million sheets of paper each year so only print or photocopy what you need and don't forget to set the printer to double sided 
  • November- If you feel hot in winter, turn your radiator off before opening a window 

Appearing in the calendar is Caroline Hang Hong, travel plan coordinator. She said: "No one likes to see waste, especially in this current climate. We hope that the calendar will make staff stop and think about how they use their time and resources so that sustainable practice becomes the norm."