Top Ten Carbon Saving ideas

My Top Ten Carbon Reducing Ideas for the NHS – Anne Thomas

  1. Enforce recommended temperatures for buildings. Someone said that these were 18◦ for corridors, 20◦ for offices and wards and 24 for examination rooms. Thermostatic valves and area control systems are important, but so is staff awareness that they should expect to wear a jumper at work and that they should and are able to turn a radiator down rather than opening a window.
  2. Insulate to current standards all buildings possible and replace ordinary fans with heat recovery ones. If all conventional fans were replaced with heat recovery ones nationwide the power would be equivalent to the output of 2 medium sized power stations.
  3. All new buildings and redevelopments should follow the ‘Merton Rule’. Merton Council required that all new builds above a certain size produce at least 10% of their energy from renewable sources. Many other bodies have now adopted this practice. Existing sites should all be surveyed as to the most effective renewable energy for them. Highland Council have found that on some of their sites the pay back time for wind turbines is only 2 years.
  4. Educate staff to use duplex printing and double sided photocopying and use savings made to order recycled paper as standard.
  5. Use savings made in clinical waste contract to pay for increase in recycling. Reduce emptying of ordinary bins e.g. every other day so that staff have time to sort out recycling.
  6. Investigate installation of anaerobic digesters to use food waste to power combined heat and power for hospitals.
  7. Convert larger vehicles to run on Autogas (LPG) or buy LPG vehicles. These can be filled locally at Autogas (Inverness) behind Moray Firth Training on Harbour Rd or at Tore service station. All LPG vehicles also run on conventional fuel. With prices at about 65p / litre and 10% reduction in carbon dioxide (and no other pollutants) it is possible to save money and the environment. All new vehicles in the fleet should be as low carbon as possible.
  8. Investigate setting up of ‘Car club’. These could be used instead of car pool for NHS use as computerised system means that they can be used more intensively than conventional ones. They will also be parked in set bays so that people can find them easily. Staff / the public could book them privately as well. This could well help to subsidise the NHS use. see www.CityCarClub.co.uk
  9. Set up a Sustainability Department funded by savings made. Projects difficult to fund can be paid for through a ‘carbon offset’ fund contributed to by staff who want to offset their own CO2
  10. Investigate setting up a minibus/ bus system to transport staff to and from work similar to that used by school buses. Internal post deliveries could also transport staff between establishments in the same way as post buses do in rural areas.


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