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.
In 2016 we completed the annual requirements of Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) certification. Since 2016 we’ve reduced our carbon emissions by 21 per cent. Our emissions savings of 7,817 tCO2e are equivalent to:
We’ve been recognised by the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network(external link) for our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. As part of the 2020 Healthcare Climate Challenge we signed a pledge to reduce our carbon emissions (based on the CEMARS emissions reduction target of 2 per cent per annum or 20 per cent by 2025). We are delighted to announce we have been awarded the Silver Climate Champion Awards in the following categories:
These are just a few of the initiatives we've been working on:
PVC recycling, desk cubes, tri bins and other waste initiatives are helping us reduce our waste to landfill. We have recycled a total of 9 tonnes of PVC since 2016 and have decreased the amount of medical and general waste going to landfill by 94 tonnes.
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. Over 4,000kg of electronic and electrical equipment (E-Waste) and other metal waste have been diverted from landfill as part of our sustainability initiatives.
Our new energy management system now means we can watch our energy consumption in real time and implement savings in a more focused way. By systematically changing our lighting to efficient LED’s we are continually reducing our energy consumption.
All upgraded or new lifts are now equipped with green technology including high efficiency motors and regenerative braking.
You can take a look at the presentations from our Sustainability in Healthcare symposium held in 2016 on our Vimeo channel.(external link)