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NHS to cut its carbon emissions

31st October 2006

The first NHS trusts have signed up to a new scheme aimed at helping the health service reduce carbon emissions.

The 10 hospitals have agreed to reduce their annual carbon footprint by 15 per cent, the equivalent of 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions between them. The saving equals the average annual emissions of 7,000 homes.

The reduction will also reduce their energy bill by more than £7 million a year.

The new NHS Carbon Management Programme has been launched by the Carbon Trust, an independent company set up by the Government to help the UK meet its climate change obligations.

Designed specifically for NHS trusts, it provides staff with support and guidance to integrate good carbon management into their day-to-day operations.

One success story has been Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, which has cut its emissions by 10 per cent and shaved £500,000 from its energy bill since it started working with the Carbon Trust two years ago.

Energy-saving measures included staff-awareness programme to promote good carbon habits, as well as installing heating controls and reviewing the ventilation system.

The Department of Health has set a target to reduce overall NHS carbon emissions by 0.15 million tonnes by 2010.

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