Reporting Boundary: One Hospital campus
based in the London Borough of Hackney
Emission sources: Electricity, T&D Losses,
Natural Gas, Water, Waste, Fleet
Reporting Period: 01 Apr 2020 – 31 Mar 2021
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This is Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts’ fifth year of business carbon footprint reporting. This is Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust’s fifth year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. Since certifying to Planet Mark, the company has set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust’s total carbon footprint in the year ending March 2021 was 6,406.9 tCO2e, a reduction of 3%. Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s total carbon per employee in the year prior to March 2021 was 1.7 tCO2e, a reduction of 7%.
The carbon saved by Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust this year has saved the same amount of carbon as preventing 498,000 miles being driven in an average car.
“Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust has always been a leader in its sector. Conversations around the decarbonisation of health are only just becoming mainstream, while the trust has worked on its sustainability strategy for many years. This vision has helped produce another year of carbon reduction for the trust. We are all aware of the heroic actions of the health industry over the past year, and I want to put my hands together once more for the amazing work at the trust over this past year, for both the health of its patients, and the planet.”
Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust was the first healthcare trust to achieve Planet Mark certification. 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, committing to improvements in the WARP-IT re-use scheme and the NHS’ Single-Use Plastic Reduction Pledge.
In 2009, the NHS published its first carbon strategy, becoming the first major health system in the world to do so, and has worked with Low Carbon Europe to manage its impacts since 2013. The Trust understands that 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 arise, it is vital that healthcare learns to walk the walk on sustainability.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, Homerton Hospital has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.