Published: Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Golden Jubilee earns top green credentials

 

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The Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank, near Glasgow, has graduated from the Carbon Trust's highly regarded Carbon Management Programme.

 

Despite an expected increase in demand for healthcare services, like all public sector organisations the Golden Jubilee is expected to cut its CO2 emissions by an incredible 42% over the next decade. The Carbon Management Programme is a key part of meeting this Scottish Government target, as achieving such drastic reductions requires not only improved efficiency but also strategic investment in equipment and culture.

 

The programme helps public sector organisations identify what they need to meet their energy saving and carbon reduction commitments. It establishes what their current CO2 emissions are, asses the risks and opportunities posed to them by climate change, and develops a strategy to reduce carbon footprints and save energy bills over five to ten years.

 

Julie Carter, Director of Finance at the Golden Jubilee, said: "Our primary focus will always be healthcare and every penny we can save on energy will allow us to spend more on patient care and treatment.

 

"It's reasonable to think that energy costs will go up by at least seven percent every year and in the current financial climate it's important to get best value for public money. We can't afford to spend more and more on energy costs, so using less energy will make sure we can concentrate more resources on patient care."

 

Having completed the Carbon Management Programme, the Golden Jubilee aims to improve how it manages energy use by its building, vehicles, street lighting and recycling of waste.

 

Paul Wedgwood, Manager of Carbon Trust in Scotland, said: "The Golden Jubilee National Hospital was selected to take part in this ambitious programme, and we have formed a partnership to make substantial carbon and cost savings. The organisation has a Carbon Management Plan that commits it to reducing CO2 emissions by 25% by 2015, potentially saving £2 million.

 

"There are those that can and those that do. The Carbon Trust is very proud to support the Golden Jubilee in their ongoing implementation of carbon management."

 

Julie Carter added: "Corporate social responsibility is required of all public services and we will certainly play our part. We are working towards efficiency targets, environmental impact reduction and always striving to deliver safe, effective and patient centred care."

 

ENDS

Date of release: Thursday 23 June 2011

Notes to editors:

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