Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is based in Hackney and provides general health services within both hospital and community environments. The hospital has almost 500 beds spread across 11 wards, a nine-bed intensive care unit and maternity, paediatric and neonatal wards.
Homerton University Hospital has been working with energy and sustainability consultancy Low Carbon Europe (LCE), an Associate Partner of The Planet Mark™, since 2016 to manage its environmental impacts. This is Homerton’s second year of business carbon footprint reporting with The Planet Mark. By retaining the certification, Homerton are also directly and measurably contributing to seven of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The NHS Trust was officially presented with The Planet Mark™ Certificate at its Education Centre. Upon receiving the certificate Homerton director of Estates and Facilities Chris Forster commented: “The Trust is pleased to retain its accreditation to Planet Mark which reflects the Trusts commitment to the Environment. The Trust fully commits to ongoing improvement and has a board approved sustainability strategy and SDMP to achieve this. Working in partnership with LCE has enabled the Trust to identify and deliver improvements and improve the awareness of the organisation and the wider community.”
The Trust retained certification to The Planet Mark by showing good practice in sustainability including:
• Achieving a 9.6% total carbon footprint reduction
• Decreasing carbon emissions from buildings by 9.7%
• Reducing carbon emissions from travel by 16.7%
• Decreasing total carbon footprint per employee by 9.5%
A number of additional initiatives have taken place over the last 12 months to make this certification possible including the roll out of LED lighting, which will be completed by end of October.