Trust's environmental efforts shortlisted for HSJ Award

Imperial College Healthcare’s environmental efforts have been recognised by the Health Service Journal (HSJ), with the Trust shortlisted in the Towards Net Zero category for the upcoming HSJ Awards (set to take place on 16 November).

This is recognition of the hard work and innovative approach of staff who are working to reduce the Trust’s carbon footprint, as well as the success of collaborations and partnerships in reducing our impact on the environment.

This follows significant recent progress in delivering on the Trust’s ambitious Green Plan, which has seen our NHS carbon footprint fall by 13% from 2019/20 levels. This represents the equivalent of each year avoiding 7,295 tonnes of carbon dioxide, or the same as driving a petrol car 900 times around the earth.

Whether by delivering multi-million-pound estate decarbonisation works, safely reducing use of consumables and waste, or piloting greener pathway innovations, our staff are committed to rising to the environmental challenge that faces us all.

Environmental projects at the Trust

As one of the largest NHS Trusts in England, our environmental impact is significant and we face additional challenges due to the age and condition of our estates and the scale of ongoing renovation and repair pressures.

Despite this, the Trust has made rapid progress in a number of areas affecting our carbon footprint:

  1. installing air source heat pumps
  2. trialling reusable gowns in theatres
  3. decommissioning a hospital’s nitrous oxide manifold
  4. trialling the capture of anaesthetic gases
  5. improving waste segregation and disposal
  6. introducing a power management solution to reduce wasted electricity from idle computers.

Across the Trust, our green community network now includes over 250 members and our staff are leading on the delivery of over 50 projects contributing to our Green Plan goals.

Towards Net Zero

Dr Bob Klaber, Director of Strategy, Research and Innovation at Imperial College Healthcare said:

“I’m delighted that the Trust’s collaborative environmental efforts have been recognised by the HSJ. This is testament to the hard work and innovative approach of our amazing staff, patients and partner organisations in leading, designing and getting involved in projects related to our Green Plan.

“Climate change has a detrimental health and wellbeing impact on our communities and widens population health inequalities. Our vision is to become a net zero exemplar and we are absolutely committed to the work and innovation that will be needed to reach our net zero carbon targets before 2045.”

The full list of nominees for the 2023 awards can be found online. Results will be announced at the Health Service Journal Awards ceremony held on Thursday 16th November at Evolution London.