The Trust continues to pursue its ambitious environmental sustainability target of reducing CO2 emissions by 18% by 2013/14 as set out in its Carbon Management Plan.
Over the past financial year, a further 5.5% reduction was achieved which means that since 2007/08 the Trust has reduced its carbon production by a total of 11.4%.
A range of carbon reduction initiatives is being implemented including:
- Solar heating pilot at Green Lane Hospital
- Boiler replacements and control upgrades
- Roof and window insulation
- Lighting control upgrades.
Considerable efforts have also been made to tackle the environmental and health consequences of the 4.2 million business miles travelled by AWP staff.
As well as reducing mileage through more effective planning and video conferencing, the use of 22 low emission cars and 22 electric cycles by community teams in Bristol has reduced car travel by 110,000 business miles.
Our procurement policies also contribute to the pursuit of our sustainability goals. The Trust continues to work with suppliers to reduce the amount of packaging delivered to our sites and the delivery miles undertaken, resulting in journey times being reduced by 30 per cent.
We have increased the number of recycling contracts covering paper, card, tin, plastic and mobile phones and have ensured that any pool and lease cars acquired produce lower CO2 emissions.
We are members of the 10:10 Campaign which asks organisations and individuals to reduce their CO2 emissions by 10% over 12 months.