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A mark of excellence for our carbon reduction

Published 07/05/2013

Derby Hospitals has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for the second time for reducing its carbon emissions by 6.2% between 2011 and 2012, saving the Trust £275,000 over the two year period. 

The Carbon Trust Standard is a mark of excellence that is awarded to organisations for measuring, managing and reducing their carbon emissions and committing to make further reductions year on year. It is valid for two years and is the world’s first such award. 

Derby Hospitals staff, together with partners Derby Healthcare and Skanska Facilities Services, have continually worked hard to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard. The Trust was assessed on how we had reduced our energy and transport commitments. Other additional measures to cut the carbon footprint included the ‘Environmental Champions’ and the ‘Travel Plan’, which operate among staff. Derby Hospitals is one of only a few hospital trusts to achieve this prestigious award in the UK and it shows that we are taking action ourselves by reducing the carbon emissions that we are directly responsible for rather than just paying others to off-set our emissions.

Between 2011 and 2012 the Trust has been working hard to reduce its energy costs further and during the two year period has cut its carbon emissions by 3,583 tonnes of CO2equivalent to one year of electricity and gas for 478 homes. 

Paul Brooks, assistant director of facilities management, said: “We are extremely pleased to have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for the second time. It shows our patients, visitors and staff that we recognise how important our Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) within the local community is and that we are serious about carbon reduction. 

“Going through the assessment process to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard helped us to not only quantify our footprint, but also benchmark our performance and identify areas for improvement. All staff need to be congratulated on our success.”

For further information, please contact:

Liz Smith

Communications Officer

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Email: liz.smith21@nhs.net   

Tel: 01332 785778

Last Modified 07/05/2013