NEP and local NHS hailed â€˜world leadersâ€™ in carbon reduction by international audience
19 May 2011 written by Jerome Baddley
An environmental charity and social enterprise, Nottingham Energy Partnership and two NHS Trusts have just won a prestigious international award for carbon reduction.
NHS Nottingham City, NHS Nottinghamshire County and NEP were competing with a health trust from Australia and one from the West Midlands to win the British Medical Journal’s ‘Sustainable Healthcare’ award. Last year the award was won by a Hospital in Toronto, Canada.
On May 18th, at a gala dinner in London, the three Nottingham organisations were told that the long term relationship they have developed to target carbon reduction and embed sustainability into healthcare was a world leader.
NEP and the NHS have been working together to combat fuel poverty in the Greater Nottingham area for 10 years through the Greater Nottingham Healthy Housing service. Over the last 2 years NEP has worked with both Trusts to calculate and reduce their own carbon footprints and costs. The 2 year programme led last year to NEP working with all 24 NHS Trusts in the East Midlands to help target carbon emissions and realise savings.
The work on fuel poverty involved supporting thousands of the most vulnerable residents of Nottingham to access free insulation and new boilers. This project is one of the reasons why Nottingham’s homes have seen some of the biggest falls in energy use and carbon emissions of any area in the country.
The work with the 2 Trusts’ senior management, estates teams and staff has led to significant year on year falls in their energy bills and emissions and the installation of renewable energy systems on many of the health centres in the City and County. The 2 Trusts also now have recycling rates of over 85% some of the highest in all NHS organisations in the UK!
Across the region NHS organisations are now taking forward a whole range of innovative and exciting carbon and energy saving projects, many supported by NEP through a recent contract with the Department of Health, and many initiated by Trusts themselves.
This year the award attracted over 650 entries from across the globe and thirteen BMJ staff editors were chosen for their specialty of expertise to create a shortlist of three for each award. One winner from each shortlist was then selected by a prestigious panel of judges drawn from a wide range of international experts comprised of some of the most influential men and women in healthcare. The judges for the Sustainable Healthcare category included Sir David Nicholson – Chief Executive of the NHS in England, and Dr David Pencheon, Director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit.
Jerome Baddley, NEP’s Sustainability Services Manager said: “This is wonderful recognition of the hard work and commitment that we and our partners have put in over many years. We are particularly pleased to have been given this opportunity to support the work of the NHS at a time when sustainability could easily drop down the list of priorities. Building-in resilience to rising energy prices and unavoidable climate change now, while combating future climate change through reducing carbon emissions, will save money and ultimately save lives”.
“We hope that the recognition this award offers and the standard it sets, will help ensure that sustainability remains as a key issue, once control of the budgets and responsibility for public health are handed over to GPs, local authorities and others.”