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Another ‘gold’ for Dorset

The Olympics may be over but The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was awarded its very own ‘gold’ in August for its achievements in reducing carbon.

The Trust was awarded the Carbon Saver’s ‘Gold’ standard, a national certificate, after a site assessment was carried out in July. The assessment scored many areas, including the Trust’s carbon monitoring, investment and reduction programmes.

Laura Dale, Sustainability Manager at RBH, said: “Achieving this accreditation is recognition of the hard work we have put in across all areas of the Trust to reduce our carbon emissions by six per cent over the last two years. It goes to prove that the effort every single member of our staff puts in, no matter how small, can make a difference.” The Trust achieved the gold level certification because of its various initiatives to ensure its future is more sustainable.

These initiatives include three Solar Photovoltaic (PV) arrays on the roof, which are producing enough energy to power 29 homes for an entire year. The panels save 50 tonnes of CO2 per year, enough to fill 300 double-decker buses, and will save the Trust around £10,000 per year.

The Trust rolled out an innovative IT project last year, which makes all of the hospitals’ PCs go into power-save mode automatically after two hours of inactivity. This will save more than £20,000 per year in both electricity costs and CO2 carbon credits, in its first five years.

Other schemes contributed to the Trust’s success, such as the Trust’s Hug-A-Mug scheme where staff can buy their own reusable mug and then save five pence on every hot drink, in a bid to reduce the number of disposable cups. The environmental survey carried out by the sustainability manager was also recognised.

Glenn Wilkinson, Managing Director at Carbon Saver Ltd, said: “This is a great achievement for RBCH. The Trust has shown a commitment to sustainability and behaviour change and it has really paid off.”