At Auckland DHB we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. By reducing our footprint not only are we positively impacting our organisation’s energy use and efficiency, we are having a positive impact on our environment and the health and wellbeing of communities in which we all live and work.
Our vision is to reduce energy use by 50 per cent, produce 50 per cent of our energy from on-site renewable sources by 2030, and have zero landfill waste by 2040.
Our CEMARS rating
In 2016 we completed the annual requirements of Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) certification and were delighted that our carbon emissions were 13 per cent lower than those from 2015.
These savings are equivalent to:
- 4,280 return economy flights from Auckland to London.
- driving from Auckland to Wellington in an average size car 31,999 times.
- the volume of 1,032 Olympic swimming pools.
What are we doing?
We have started on our journey to go green - here are a few of our initiatives:
Reducing our waste
PVC recycling, desk cubes, tri bins and other waste initiatives are helping us reduce our waste to landfill. We’ve already decreased the amount of medical and general waste going to landfill by 94 tonnes.
Recycling inorganic waste
Old equipment is now being recycled. If it can’t be fixed and put back into circulation, it is sold, donated or reduced to scrap and recycled.
Monitoring our energy consumption
Our new energy management system now means we can watch our energy consumption in real time and implement savings in a more focused way.
Lift upgrade project
All upgraded or new lifts are now equipped with green technology including high efficiency motors and regenerative braking.
Find out more
You can take a look at the presentations from our Sustainability in Healthcare symposium held in 2016 on our Vimeo channel. (external link)