Thursday 21 March is NHS Sustainability Day - a fitting time to announce that all electricity used by East London NHS Foundation Trust will come from renewable sources from April.
Wind, solar and wave-generated electricity will now power the Trust as part of its pledge to reduce its carbon footprint.
ELFT is the first NHS trust to register with Crown Commercial Services, the largest public sector energy broker, to secure a 100% renewable electricity contract.
"This is tremendous news for the Trust and a genuine demonstration of its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint," said ELFT Energy and Environmental Manager Adam Toll.
"ELFT has more than 100 buildings and this change to using sustainable and renewable energy is the equivalent of up to 400 domestic properties switching to renewables."
The Trust's next major environmental project will be to look at opportunities to use carbon-neutral gas.
Strategic work to reduce its carbon footprint is underpinned with a 'Green ELFT' campaign encouraging individuals across ELFT to take personal responsibility for promoting sustainability.
Green ELFT posters and stickers are displayed at sites across the organisation encouraging staff to think about the small steps they can take to save energy and resources.
Other work to make the Trust a greener organisation includes:
• Large scale recycling implementation across the Trust;
• Creation of a Trust travel plan to help staff in making a greener choice in terms of travel;
• Eventual removal of all single-use plastic cups across Trust sites to be replaced by branded ELFT reusable cups;
• LED lighting replacement for sites with the poorest energy efficient lighting;
• Plant room and boiler insulation to maximise efficiency of larger buildings;
• Installation of new bicycle hangars - or equivalent - across multiple Trust sites at the rate of three new hangars a year;
• Installation of electric car charging points at the John Howard Centre as part of a Government initiative. Charging points will be added to other suitable sites if successful;
Matt Hook, Corporate Business Manager for British Gas said:
“British Gas is delighted to be working alongside ELFT to support its targets towards a low carbon future by supplying electricity from 100% renewable sources. Along with our parent company, Centrica, we share this commitment in tackling climate change by reducing emissions across our business and providing products and services that lead to a lower carbon future.
As more and more businesses switch to electricity generated from renewable sources it's important that our customers know the origin and quality of that renewable energy, particularly large Industrial & Commercial customers who carry out emissions reporting. Our renewable electricity for a business product, which has recently been certified by the Carbon Trust, provides customers such as ELFT with the confidence that the energy we supply is solely from renewable sources. Certification of our renewable electricity product allows ELFT to confidently report zero grams of CO2 per kWh of electricity used in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol scope 2 guidance.”
Steve Spittle, I&C Sales & Marketing Account Manager for EDF Energy said:
“We all have a part to play to tackle climate change and we’re pleased to be supplying renewable electricity to the East London NHS Foundation Trust to support its carbon emission goals.
“We’re committed to making low-carbon achievable for our customers and helping them reduce their energy use to secure both sustainable and financial benefits.”