NHS Lanarkshire take home prestigious environmental certificate

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 17:11 BST on Sunday 24th June 2012.

NHS Lanarkshire has become the first Scottish health to take home a prestigious environmental certificate, based around reducing carbon emissions.  

NHS Lanarkshire has become the first health board in Scotland to be awarded the internationally recognised Carbon Trust Standard certification for reducing the amount of carbon emissions generated by its operations.

Marie Porteous, NHS Lanarkshire’s head of sustainability and environment, said: “This is really something to celebrate and shows that we have taken real action on climate change by reducing our carbon emissions.

She added: “It is great recognition for our achievements in carbon reduction and demonstrates our commitment to reducing carbon emissions year on year. “

NHS Lanarkshire was awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after taking action on climate change by embarking on a major sustainability and environment programme, through projects to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard, which include:

·         A new waste contract with disposal specialists Viridor which will help drive the health board’s recycling rates towards 75 per cent,

·         Replacement of single glazed poorly insulated windows and installation of roof and cavity wall insulation at health centre and cottage hospital sites,

·         Replacement of boilers at six sites including replacement of oil fired boilers with more efficient gas boilers,

·         Upgrade of lighting with low energy fittings at three sites, including Monklands Hospital,

·         Installation of smart meters to most electricity and all gas meters within NHS Lanarkshire,

·         PC power management software to reduce the running hours of computers was rolled our across NHS Lanarkshire,

·         Water consumption has been reduced by installing more efficient sanitary ware.

Marie added: “The Carbon Trust Standard requires us to keep reducing our carbon emissions and to recertify every two years.

“It means we have to continue the great work and all keep reducing our impact on the environment.”

NHS Lanarkshire was awarded the Carbon Trust Standard certification for reducing its carbon footprint by 2.4 per cent in 2010/11.

The Carbon Trust is a world-leading organisation helping organisations move to a low-carbon economy through carbon reduction, energy-saving strategies and commercialising low-carbon technologies.

It also measures and certifies the environmental footprint of organisations, supply chains and products.

Morgan Jones, Carbon Trust certification manager, said: “I am delighted to confirm that NHS Lanarkshire has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard.

She added: “Thank you for all your efforts in tackling climate change and congratulations to everyone at NHS Lanarkshire on achieving the Carbon Trust Standard.”