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SOLIHULL and Heartlands hospitals are seeking to cut their carbon footprint and become more environmentally-friendly by 2020.

SOLIHULL and Heartlands hospitals are seeking to cut their carbon footprint and become more environmentally-friendly by 2020.

The duo, which are part of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and also includes Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, has joined forces with the Carbon Trust, an independent company set up by the Government and pledged to slash the environmental impact of its activities by 25 per cent before 2012 and by 45 per cent by 2020.

The Trust is looking to invest in waste reduction schemes, install more energy efficient electrical plants and educate staff on the issue of ecological awareness in a bid to cut its carbon emissions.

The organisation has also invited other partners to join their quest and primary care trusts, including Solihull Care Trust and Birmingham City Council along with transport company DHL, have agreed to give their support.

They plan to help to tackle waste, focusing on reducing unnecessary transport and paper communication.

Mark Goldman, chief executive of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We recognise that climate change is a global problem which we all must take more responsibility for. We have already undertaken some energy efficient measures across all three sites which has had some impact."

"We now really want to build upon these to create significantly more energy efficient hospitals over the next 10 years, we plan to spend over £190 million on developing our hospitals, so particularly where we are building brand new facilities, we will be able to ensure they are energy efficient."

"Reducing our emissions will also save us money in the long term, which can be reinvested in patient care. This is an added bonus on top of the positive contribution towards the environment."

The trust has already installed energy-saving lighting on all its hospital wards and in its offices.

Nationally, the health service is responsible for over 3 per cent of England's total carbon emissions which equates to over 18 million tonnes.

 

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