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Capita and Sussex Community NHS Trust Win IHEEM Award

14th October 2014

The Capita / Sussex Community NHS Trust partnership has won the Sustainability Achievement Award at the annual IHEEM Awards.

The award recognises the organisation that has made the best use of innovative technology and sustainable practices to reduce its project’s carbon footprint.

In February 2014 Sussex Community NHS Trust set out plans to achieve a 34% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020, with the ultimate the aim of being a carbon neutral healthcare provider. Entitled ‘Care Without Carbon’ (CWC) its strategy is based around a unique seven step approach that addresses buildings, journeys, procurement, culture, wellbeing, resilience and governance that will embed sustainability into its core operations.

The trust, working in conjunction with Capita, has already achieved a 15% reduction in emissions, despite an increase in clinical activity.

Initiatives include:

  • Renewables: Installation of a 50kW photovoltaic system at the Trust’s Grade II listed headquarters at Brighton General Hospital.
  • Processes: Developed bespoke guidance for the properties and capital projects team to ensure refurbishments and new property leases drive carbon reduction across the trust’s estate.
  • Behaviours: created a unique CWC staff engagement initiative to drive culture change, including a team of ‘Carbon Champions’.
  • Partnerships: Worked with NHS Property Services to help identify and deliver CO2 savings in their properties where we are a tenant.
  • Resource efficiency: Implemented a new waste management strategy, increasing the Trust’s percentage of recycling in general waste to 62%, reducing hazardous waste volumes and achieving zero waste to landfill.
  • Travel: Introduced a Business Travel Plan to reduce the Trust’s six million business miles per annum and to support staff health & wellbeing. Business mileage fell by 16.3% last year.

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