13 May 2021
Taking action to tackle climate change!
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust has
today (Friday 14th May) set out its commitment to
tackling climate change by declaring a climate emergency.
AWP joins other NHS organisations across the UK, which have
already made the declaration, and has pledged to become carbon
neutral by 2030.
Harnessing the huge enthusiasm of more than
4,000 staff, the Trust has pledged to take action on:
Single use plastics;
Recycling and disposal of waste;
Energy use for heating and lighting;
Energy from sustainable sources;
Vehicle emissions from staff and patient travel and goods
Sustainable food sourcing; and
Encouraging staff, patients, service users and families to lead
greener, healthier lives.
Dominic Hardisty, Chief Executive for Avon and Wiltshire Mental
Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust, said: "We acknowledge that
urgent action is needed to tackle climate change, which is a major
threat to public health. We are a large organisation employing more
than 4,000 staff across a wide geographical area and we recognise
that the impact of our operations on the environment are currently
"We have set ourselves the ambitious target to be carbon neutral
by 2030 and have already seen the impact of some of the measures we
have adopted. We recognise we still have a long way to go but we
are confident that by working with our staff, patients, service
users and partner organisations we can achieve our goal."
You can watch a short video from Dominic Hardisty here
In 2012/13 AWP's total carbon footprint was 8,300 tonnes and,
through the adoption of a number of measures, in 2019/20 this had
been reduced to 7,800 tonnes. Some of the measures already
introduced by the Trust include:
A trustwide cycle to work scheme, with 86 bikes already
purchased by employees;
The installation of LED lighting and improved heating controls
at a number of sites;
Switching the majority of sites to a renewable electricity
tariff, which will reduce electricity carbon emissions by at least
The introduction of 28 electric bikes for community based staff
to use. In 2019 over 28,000 miles were travelled using the
The installation of 34 new cycle stands at eight sites across
Bristol to encourage staff to cycle to work; and
Adopting digital technology to enable staff and patients to take
part in virtual meetings and appointments, reducing the number of
Delivering £4.5 million of carbon reduction projects across the
Trust, including LED lighting, solar panels, air source heat pumps,
new building management systems, pipework insulation, air
conditioning controls and new electric radiators, thanks to a grant
from the Salix Decarbonisation Programme.
Luke Champion, Energy and Sustainability Manager, at Avon and
Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust, said: "Our
staff are really passionate about the role we can all play in
reducing carbon emissions, not just at work but in our personal
lives too. We have established a sustainability group, which meets
regularly to look at and implement some of the creative ideas our
staff are proposing and we all recognise that by making small
changes to the way we work, we can make a significant difference to
our environmental impact."
AWP is currently developing its environmental action plan to
support its commitment to reducing carbon emissions.