County healthcare provider commits to tackling the climate crisis - The Leamington Observer

County healthcare provider commits to tackling the climate crisis

A WARWICKSHIRE healthcare provider has launched its plan to help tackle the climate crisis.

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT), which runs Warwick, Stratford and Shipston hospitals, say they are dedicated to embedding environmental and sustainable practices, and committed to achieving net zero carbon for its Carbon Footprint by 2040 and for its Carbon Footprint Plus by 2045.

The trust produced its first Carbon Management Plan in 2011.

Since then, it has achieved successes including installing its first solar panels in 2012, launched car sharing and cycle to work schemes in 2015, received its first electric pool vehicles in 2016, designed the new Stratford Hospital in 2017 to meet stringent environmental standards and from April 2021 has purchased all their electricity from renewable sources.

Sophie Gilkes, SWFT chief strategy officer said: “Climate change is a health emergency as well as an environmental one and as such the NHS has committed nationally to be net zero carbon by 2040.

“Our Green Plan highlights our role with this aim by setting out our ambitious goals in order to realise significant change. We have set clear objectives and the steps we will take to deliver them. It covers all areas of the organisation, identifying where we can make a positive impact on environmental, sustainability and wider social issues.

“We all have a responsibility to tackle this climate crisis and therefore I would strongly encourage individuals and households to make positive changes, big or small. It will be a challenge, but through commitment to sustainability, we can improve our personal and collective impact on the world.”

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