NHS trust wins green award for staff travel

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A HEALTH trust has won an environmental award after slashing its carbon footprint by more than 111 tonnes in a year through a range of transport initiatives.

Staff at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust helped achieve the efficiencies by reducing single occupancy car journeys, taking the staff shuttle bus between sites in Grimsby and Scunthorpe, using video conferencing, and more bicycle journeys.

The trust has now achieved gold level accreditation from the Energy Saving Trust, as well as winning the Motorvate Award at the trust’s fleet hero awards 2011.

Jug Johal, the trust’s head of transport, car parking and security, said: “I want to say a very big thank you to all of the staff across the organisation who have changed their travel behaviour and in doing so have helped the local environment.

“We have been working closely with the Energy Saving Trust in looking at ways of reducing our carbon footprint in terms of transport.

“Transport is continually coming to all three of our hospital sites and it is important, that as part of the local communities we serve, we look to drive down our carbon footprint for the long-term benefit of the environment.

“The trust has proactively been working on its green credentials for a number of years now so it is a great result to achieve a gold level accreditation as it shows the actions taken are having a positive effect.”

Other initiatives included an increase in the number of pool cars with small engines, a cycle to work scheme, and environmental enhancements to the trust’s lease car policy, which saw reduced costs to employees when low-emission vehicles were used.

Judges at the Energy Saving Trust said: “Within a large and complex organisation such as an NHS trust this is a truly significant achievement and reflects the management’s long-term commitment to reducing CO2 emissions and costs.”