Reporting Boundary: Homerton University
Emission sources: electricity, natural gas,
water, waste, travel
Reporting Period: 1 Apr 2019 –31 Mar 2020
We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.
We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 8 SDG’s.
This is Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts’ fourth year of business carbon footprint reporting. The Trust first calculated the carbon footprint of its entire estate and fleet for the year ending March 2017 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
The Trust’s total carbon footprint was 6,601.1 tCO2e, a decrease of 3.4% from the year ending March 2019. The relative carbon footprint in the year ending March 2020 was 1.81 tCO2e per employee, an increase of 3.8% compared to the year ending March 2019.
“Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s passion for sustainability is inspiring. While receiving positive results in cutting carbon emissions, and being the first Hospital Trust to receive Planet Mark, the team is not resting on its laurels; instead they are pushing forward with new ways to keep the momentum going. This is at the core of a future-thinking mindset, and for that I applaud the trust.”
Certification is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in business operations by measuring and reducing your carbon footprint and engaging your stakeholders.
The decade of climate action calls for decisive steps towards a sustainable future. Leaders are increasingly putting climate change and sustainability on their agendas as environmental concerns become increasingly intertwined with financial, social and health outcomes. Forward-thinking organisations must manage their own future with robust and measurable policies regarding sustainability.
The Trust is taking a number of measures to meet its sustainability commitments going forward. These range from investigating the ability to upgrade to smart water meters and undergoing a heat gains audit to improve data quality and reporting, to committing to improvements in the WARP-IT re-use scheme and the NHS’ Single Use Plastic Reduction Pledge. The Trust will also continue to progress its actions to create sustainable travel for staff.
In 2009, the NHS published its first carbon strategy, becoming the first major health system in the world to do so. However, climate change has not become the organisation-wide strategic priority it needs to be. The stability of the environment is directly related to the health of the population, so hospitals and trusts playing their part in forging a sustainable world would provide multiple direct benefits to the healthcare industry. As environmental health concerns rise, it is vital that healthcare learns to walk the walk on sustainability.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, Homerton Hospital has committed to make a year-on-year reduction.