The Office for National Statistics reports on progress in its Measuring National Well-being programme and the domains and measures for assessing well-being. Alongside the results the ONS has published articles exploring in more detail the impact of where we live and our health on our sense of well-being. An interactive tool allows comparisons of subjective well-being of residents in specific areas in the UK, including regions, countries and local authority areas. Visit the Defra website for more information.
A dedicated website has just been launched to help reduce medicines waste. Medicine Waste.com helps patients to get the most from their medicines and provides information adn resources (poster etc) to help GPs, pharmacists and other NHS staff to spread the word. Visit the website for more information.
This guidance, released in July 2012, has been written in collaboration with partners including the Department of Health (DH), the Environment Agency, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Climate UK. Its aim is to summarise the current knowledge on adapting to climate change in NHS organisations. It describes what climate change adaptation is, why it is a priority for the NHS and how organisations can include adaptation in their Sustainable Development Management Plans (SDMPs). Visit the SDU website to access the guidance, or see the PDF
Defra is developing a new set of sustainable development indicators to meet the Government’s commitments to transparency and sustainable development, and is carrying out an informal consultation for 12 weeks from 24th July 2012. The indicators are intended to provide an overview of the UK’s progress towards a more sustainable economy, society, and environment. The indicators are intended to provide an overview of national progress on key issues that are important economically, socially and environmentally in the long term. Read the consultation document and complete survey
The Big Green Bundle is a great tool to help engage people with reducing carbon emissions. Developed by the Low Carbon Partnership in Cheltenham, it brings together all of the best practice guidance of in-house staff engagement campaigns which will support you in reducing CO2 emissions. It categorises people, for example, into ‘concerned consumers’ and ‘honestly disengaged’ and identifies the techniques which best work with each group of people. It is a generic tool, but will work in healthcare organisations. Take a look at the "Big Green Bundle".
‘Reuniting health with planning: healthier homes, healthier communities’ handbook reflects the Government’s reform agenda across the planning and health sectors, including a requirement on planners to work with public health organisations, and a new public health responsibility for local authorities. It explains the relevance of these reforms for health and planning, and gives planners and public health practitioners ideas for how they can work together. The handbook aims to keep the importance of integrated working, specifically between planning and health, on the agenda. Visit the TCPA website for more information, where you can also download presentations from the launch events.
The NHS SDU has recently published a practical tool to help NHS organisations think through how they build staff, public and patient engagement into their work on sustainability. This Guide provides practical advice, suggestions for action, examples of good practice and evidence of what works. It brings together the learning and evidence of good engagement and experience from a variety of healthcare organisations, including emerging clinical commissioning groups across the country. Visit the SDU website to access the guide, which is divided into 9 sections for ease of use.
This study is an exploration of how far social justice is considered in local adaptations to climate change across the UK. The findings are relevant for all bodies operating at this level whose climate change adaptation activities affect vulnerable communities. The study provides insight into how social justice can be incorporated into adaptation planning. For more information and to read the full report, visit the Joseph Roundtree Foundation website.
‘Planning for a healthy environment: good practice for green infrastructure and biodiversity’, has been published by The Wildlife Trusts and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), in partnership with a wide range of organisations. It provides guidance for practitioners to ensure nature is taken into account when shaping local areas.
A Lancet report explores the potential effect of increased walking and cycling in urban England and Wales on costs to the NHS for seven diseases that are associated with physical inactivity (type 2 diabetes, dementia, cerebrovascular disease, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, depression, and ischaemic heart disease). Overall findings conclude that if people cycled and walked more, the NHS could save £17billion within 20 years. Visit the Lancet website to read the full article (access is free, but you need to sign in).
The Environment Agency (EA) have launched new web pages and an online helpdesk providing further information on the service and advice and guidance on the impacts of climate change and how to plan for them. Visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/climateready to find out more and sign up to the new e-bulletin for the latest updates on Defra’s Climate Ready work on the national adaptation programme and the new Climate Ready support service.
The HSJ Awards are back for its 31st year. The HSJ Awards exist to ensure that individuals or teams are both recognised and rewarded for work that raises the standard of health care in the UK. The Awards also raise the profile of your organisation, highlighting the quality of work being undertaken by all specialties and settings.
The Heatwave Plan for England, has been updated and reissued on 18 May 2012 to raise both public and professional awareness. A copy of the Plan, the accompanying factsheets for staff, care home managers and a public information leaflet is available on the DH website. The Plan’s purpose is to enhance resilience in the event of a heatwave. It is an important component of overall emergency planning and will become increasingly relevant in adapting to the impact of climate change.
In what is the first Europe-wide assessment of urban vulnerability to climate change, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has found that cities are not sufficiently resilient to climate change. The study also found that the cost of dealing with climate impacts will be greatly reduced if early adaptation actions are implemented. Read the full report HERE
The SDU would like your help to improve the Good Corporate Citizenship tool (GCC). The GCC tool is a way for NHS organisations and their stakeholders to measure and benchmark how they are progressing on sustainability. To improve the GCC, please take part in a short consultation which will help make it an even more useful tool for you and your colleagues. The consultation closes on the 27th June.
The 2012 Building Better Healthcare Awards will recognise excellence in productivity, patient outcomes and patient experience by the people, built environment and technology that will help define and inspire the future of our healthcare. Visit the website for more information. Applications are now open (close 30 June).
The Government must develop a joined-up strategy to change the UK's unhealthy and environmentally damaging food system, as fears mount about global food security, MPs on the Commons Environmental Audit Committee warn. This includes a recommendation that Government Buying Standards for food must be improved on meat and dairy and extended to cover hospitals, prisons and schools
The Government has published its Heat Strategy, setting out a vision of how to cut emissions from heating homes, businesses and industry in the decades ahead. The Heat Strategy builds on the Government’s 2011 Carbon Plan which set out plans to meet the fourth carbon budget of a 50% cut in emissions by the mid-2020s. For more information visit the defra SD website.
There has been another important update to the CRC. The latest simplified guidance from the Environment Agency highlights the steps required before allowances can be surrendered at the end of July. Each of the steps depend on the earlier steps being completed and some of these may take some time so we recommend you complete this by the 16th July to allow for any delays in the system. Take a look at the summary of steps.
The Government should be straightforward about the impact that UK consumption is having on the world's climate, according to a report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee. Click HERE for more information on the WiredGov website.
ACT TravelWise had made it's first set of Alternatives to travel guides (PDFs) available to non-members. They contain useful information on the benefits of using alternatives to travel as well as tips and hints to help you successfully carry out these alternatives. Visit the ACT website for more information or click on the titles below.
The Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a new report called ‘Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation’. The report comes as mounting evidence suggests that climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, floods and heatwaves. View the full report HERE and click HERE to see the IPCC press release.
As financial challenges for the health and social care sector increase, so too does the need for services to be delivered in ways that are environmentally sustainable. Sustainable Health and Social Care: Connecting environmental and financial performance is based on a literature review and stakeholder consultation carried out by The King’s Fund on behalf of the National Institute for Health Research and the Social Care Institute for Excellence. The report provides an overview of current knowledge about the environmental impacts of health and social care and examines the evidence for a connection between sustainability, productivity and other system objectives. Click here to visit the full info page or see the PDF (attached).
UK organisations could save over £400m a year by taking simple, low-cost actions to improve the efficiency of their hot water boilers, according to new guidance published today by the Carbon Trust. New analysis by the Carbon Trust reveals that heating and hot water accounts for over one third of UK organisations' energy consumption and up to 60% of the carbon emissions from some UK industrial processes, such as food production and laundering, where demand for steam or hot water is high. However, it's possible to cut heating costs by up to 30% by implementing some simple boiler-related energy saving measures.
The Department of Health (DH) says it is now mandatory for all NHS Trusts, PCTs and SHAs to produce a Sustainability Report (SR) in 2011-12 and beyond as part of their Annual Report.
The BMJ has just published a spotlight on climate change on bmj.com, ahead of the BMJ print supplement, which will be published this Saturday, 24 March 2012. All articles are free of charge, which means you can share them with anyone interested in the subject.
On the 28th March 2012 the NHS is holding a Day of Action on Sustainability. The organisers (University College London Hospital (UCLH) and the NHS Sustainable Development Unit (SDU)) would like health professionals across the UK to carry out a snap shot audit on energy use in hospitals and clinics. It's easy to carry out, but it needs health professionals in every Trust in the UK to take part.
This symposium, held on 21 October 2011, was a joint venture between the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and two ACN projects: Built Infrastructure for Older People’s Care in Conditions of Climate Change (BIOPICCC) and Design and Delivery of Robust Hospital Environments in a Changing Climate (DeDeRHECC). Taking the central theme of risk, its impact and meaning for service provision, and the care of people in vulnerable circumstances, over 50 experts from health, social care, planning, security, transport and the insurance industry explored responses to risk in general and climate change in particular.
Today the NHS SDU launches its new publication 'Sustainability in the NHS: Health Check 2012', which contains three piece of exciting new research. A survey of NHS leaders showing the importance of sustainability in driving up quality, productivity and value; An Ipsos MORI public opinion survey demonstrating how sustainable the public think the NHS should be; The latest NHS carbon footprint.
The Government published the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) on 25 January 2012, the first assessment of its kind for the UK and the first in a 5 year cycle. The CCRA has reviewed the evidence for over 700 potential impacts of climate change in a UK context. Detailed analysis was undertaken for over 100 of these impacts across 11 key sectors (inclduing health), on the basis of their likelihood, the scale of their potential consequences and the urgency with which action may be needed to address them. Information about the CCRA and copies of the reports produced are available on the Defra website at http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climate/government/risk-assessment/
The report and presentations from the WHO Health Communities Research Forum event on 14 December: Sustainable Food From Farm to Fork to Farm: the role for public health and planning is now available to download by visiting the WHO/UWE website.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published (12.01.12) a new draft of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme allocation regulations. There are three key points of interest: 1. Dates for purchase and allocation of allowances; 2. Price of allowances and 3.Fees
Employees could save UK businesses and public bodies £500m and two million tonnes of CO2 thanks to a new, online office tool called ‘Carbon Trust Empower™' launched recently by the Carbon Trust.
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) has won the Environmental Practice Award at the 2011 Health Business Awards. The 5th annual Awards, announced at the Emirates Stadium, London on 8th December, recognise excellence and best practice within the NHS.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change is boosting the Salix interest free loans fund by £20 million pounds. The additional cash injection is to support more public sector energy efficiency projects. These loans must be agreed by the end of March 2012. Salix interest free loans help to remove the barrier of having to find capital to pay for energy efficiency measures at a time of tight budgets. The loans are provided for energy efficiency projects that pay for themselves within five years through lower energy bills. Repayments are made from the money saved on bills, and once the loan has been repaid the organisation will continue to benefit from the low carbon equipment and the savings it delivers. The new money is estimated to fund energy efficiency projects that deliver savings of around £46million on bills and 210,000 tonnes of carbon. Interested public sector organisations need to apply to Salix Finance Ltd.
Emerging clinical commissioning groups are being encouraged to think about the sustainability of healthcare and the wider environmental impact of their work as they move towards authorisation. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the SDU have developed a range of tools and guidance that would help CCGs at this time including:
According to new reports commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), the people who emit the least carbon in the UK are most likely to suffer from the consequences of climate change. This is the first study of this kind. JRF is hoping the reports “Who emits the most carbon” and “Who and where is most vulnerable to climate change” in the UK will be used to inform policy makers. To access the reports visit the Joseph Roundtree website.
Prince Charles has congratulated 14 hospitals, including three in the South West, for the work they have done to improve and maintain high standards of food for patients and staff in their organisations. The event in December at Clarence House welcomed chief executives, catering managers, people who serve food on wards, patient representatives, and local farmers who supply the hospitals. HRH The Prince of Wales has been working with the Soil Association since 2004 and has long campaigned to improve the quality of food in hospitals. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation, North Bristol NHS Trust, and Devon Partnership NHS Trust were among the 14 Trusts representing the highest achievements in hospital catering. For more information, see the full press release on the Soil Association website.
The LGA in association with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have produced a short publication targeted at local authorities, health and wellbeing boards, commissioning groups and health services. It shows how climate change should be part of the conversations about the new structures, responsibilities and ways of working in health and social care. As examples in the publication show, a relatively small investment now in strategic thinking and information gathering could make a big difference to the effectiveness of local action. See the PDF attached or Read more at the LGA website.
The Department for Transport has published a Behavioural Insights Toolkit, providing practical, step-by-step guidance on how to design more effective sustainable transport initiatives using insights from behavioural theory and social research evidence.
In association with the Guardian, the Carbon Trust is looking to explore the current challenges and opportunities for the public sector in carbon reduction. Please take 5 minutes to complete this short Carbon Trust survey, and you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win £100 of Amazon vouchers. Click on the link to participate in the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/carbontrustsurvey
AquaFund is a £700 million grant designed to enable organisations to make water efficiencies and financial savings. Derived from the HM Treasury's ‘Invest to Save Budget', the scheme has been set up to help UK public and private sector organisations reduce water costs and consumption without the need for any budget. Typical grant allocations are £100,000 to £500,000 and can be used for professional water audits and detailed technical surveys; supply and installation of water saving equipment; monthly monitoring and targeting reports against benchmarks, and other projects.Find out more at http://www.adsm.com/aquafund.html
The UK must prepare for extreme weather and ageing population, according to the University of Durham. Researchers have mapped areas of England most likely to face more extreme weather events and increasingly elderly populations, and have called on service providers to adjust their planning to meet these challenges. The new maps, produced by Durham University's Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience and Heriot-Watt University, suggest that many areas in England projected to see an increase in severe weather events, such as floods and heatwaves, over the next 30 years may need to care for high proportions of vulnerable older people. The findings are relevant to the whole of the UK where an increase in extreme weather events coupled with population ageing are also expected. Read more at http://www.dur.ac.uk/news/research/?itemno=12909
Monitor has launched an 8-week consultation on the proposed amendments to the NHS Foundation Trust Annual Reporting Manual for 2011/12. The consultation also covers external assurance on quality reports and in particular includes reporting on sustainable development (SD). It would be useful if Foundation Trusts responded and highlighted the need for SD reporting to be mandatory. More information can be found on Monitor’s website or in the PDF attached below. Responses should be sent to Monitor by the 18th December.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has rolled out its respiratory inhaler recycling scheme to community pharmacies across the country following successful trials. The scheme, Complete the Cycle, is run in partnership with TerraCycle UK and was piloted earlier this year in selected branches of The Co-operative Pharmacy. The initiative is just one of the steps GSK is taking to meet its target of having zero waste to landfill by 2020.
The Met Office has released it's latest online film, on the health impacts of climate change. To view the film, visit You Tube or the BITC Mayday website. If you are not able to access the film, visit the Met Office website (climate change and health research) for information or see the PDF below to read the transcript.
You can now view the Healthcare Efficiency through Technology Expo 2011 (held on 04 Oct) conference and seminar presentation slides, as well as listen to audio recordings from the individual sessions. To access the presentations and recordings, please CLICK HERE.
IDEA have just launched their Health and Wellbeing Board publication, “new partnerships, new opportunities” - see PDFs for a copy of the executive summary and a short version of the case studies to this email for your information. The full version (with the full case studies) will be added to the following webpage by the end of October: www.idea.gov.uk/health-partnerships
Information is now available from the Health and Security Perspectives of Climate Change conference held on 17th October. The event was hosted by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), University College London (UCL), UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), UK Department of Health, the European Climate Foundation, 2degrees and other partners.
As part of its National Sustainable Public Procurement Programme, Defra has launched a new e-learning resource for procurement professionals. The e-learning resource has been developed in collaboration between Defra, the Department of Health, NHS organisations and the EU funded Clear About Carbon project. The FREE resource is aimed at staff in procurement and carbon management and should develop awareness and understanding of terminology and principles associated with the greenhouse effect and climate change. Visit the defra website for more info and to access the resource. Then choose unit 9 for procurement.
The NHS SDU has become one of the founding members of a new global initiative: Global Green and Healthy Hospitals - which supports existing efforts around the world to promote greater sustainability and environmental health in the health sector and thereby to strengthen health systems globally.
Information is now available from the South West Public Health Residential School, held at Dartington in September 2011.
The first annual report is available on the work of the Behavioural Insights Team and examples of the application of behavioural insights to encourage sustainable lifestyles. Click here to access the annual report, and for a summary, visit the Defra Sustainability in Government pages by clicking HERE.
These documents provide the essential information that any sustainability professional, new or old needs to know. Topics range from supply chain to the built environment to energy management. If you're new to sustainability, they offer the perfect introduction, with loads of links to resources that you can explore further. If sustainability is already part of your job, the Essentials will help you ensure you have the lastest thinking, broaden your knowledge base to new areas, and give you the tools to do your job more efficiently. If you already have a good understanding of the field, the Essentials are exteremly useful cheat sheets to give to others in your organization, helping you communicate your points more clearly.
What will respiratory medicine look like in 5 years’ time, when carbon rationing is re-shaping the NHS? The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) is starting an exciting project, funded by GlaxoSmithKline, to improve the environmental sustainability of respiratory medicine, focusing in particular on COPD. This programme has arisen from the Sustainable Specialties Programme developed by CSH and supported by other key national bodies such as the NHS Sustainable Development Unit. The Sustainable Specialties Programme began in 2009 with Green Nephrology and has since received wide acclaim in national conferences and key documents for change such as the Marmot Review.
From 1st October 2011, the Environment Agency will take on a new role as the delivery body for the Government’s climate change adaptation programme in England. As part of the programme, the Environment Agency and Climate UK have developed a new partnership agreement to ensure that local partners can access support to help them take action to increase resilience.
Climate SouthWest has presentation slides available for anyone to use (and adapt for their own audiences), which have now been updated with the most relevant information and links. These powerpoint slides have been put together to assist anyone who may be presenting on issues relating to climate change impacts and adaptation in the South West.
NHS Bournemouth and Poole has developed ‘Cutting Carbon and Improving Health’ – a 9 minute video that explains carbon and the role of the NHS in reduction, for use in staff inductions. The video is available for all Trusts to use for their staff, and is available on YouTube and Vimeo (click on the name).
Congratulations to Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership and NHS Cornwall & Isles of Scilly for being shortlisted for this year's HSJ Award in the Good Corporate Citizen category! There were a huge number of entries, so well done to both! The winners will be announced on Tuesday 15 November at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. For more information visit the HSJ Awards website.
PAM is a management tool designed to provide a nationally consistent approach to evaluating NHS premises performance against a set of national indicators. It will help the NHS deliver cross-government initiatives such as the Climate Change Act and the HM Treasury Operational Efficiency Programme. Read more about NHS PAM.
Defra has updated its carbon conversion factors - this includes a decrease in the electricity factor for all years. This is due to a re-calculation using the international mix of supply. Since we import electricity from France and they have lower factors (much higher use of nuclear energy), this has decreased the factor for all years. Visit the defra site for more information.
This manual seeks to illustrate, through a series of related themes, the commitment to raising the quality and sustainability of health buildings and spaces to help those responsible for delivering healthcare to understand the issues involved, and to be inspired to take appropriate action. Using examples ranging from whole health reconfigurations to health centres, 'Tomorrow’s Healthcare Environments' demonstrates what it is possible to achieve. Click here to read the full manual (PDF via online access).
This updated report will help sustainability managers define and implement purchasing policies for the entire range of forest-based products, from wood products like construction materials and furniture to paper products like packaging, tissue paper and countless other products. It details topics such as forest certification, legality, environmental friendliness, social impacts, and recycled-content percentages, and directs managers to advice on tracing their supply chains, implementing monitoring processes and many other issues. Open the attached PDF or visit the World Resources Institute website to view the report.
The new Government Procurement Service (a transformed Buying Solutions) has developed an area of the website to provide information, help and guidance on where Government Procurement Service products and services can assist in the delivery of sustainability within government procurement. Procurement professionals have a key role to play in enabling their organisations to meet the challenges of sustainability. Visit the website for more information
This is the ASC's 2nd assessment of how well the UK is prepared to deal with climate change impacts and risks. It sets out a range of indicators against which the UK's progress will be measured, and focuses on three priority areas of land-use planning, managing water resources, and the design and renovation of buildings as adaptation measures. Recommendations are made for the development of Government's National Adaptation Strategy. VISIT THE CCC WEBPAGE TO READ THE FULL REPORT or see the PDF below.
The UK National Ecosystems Assessment has just produced a report which highlights the ‘hidden value’ of nature and has produced economic benefits onto various aspects of the natural environment. Highlights of the report which provide further evidence as to the importance of the work of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, most notably the NHS Forest, is the following: “The health benefits of living with a view of a green space are worth up to £300 per person per year”.
Musgrove Park Hospital is embarking on a pioneering energy efficiency project with Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, which is set to save the hospital £17million, over the next 20 years, freeing up valuable resources for patient care. The project, which is the first of its kind in the UK healthcare sector, will deliver substantial energy efficiency measures at Musgrove Park Hospital.
NHS Gloucestershire is launching a pioneering toolkit to help professionals create buildings and natural environments that support people to get more active. How our villages, towns and cities are laid out, and how people move around them, all affect the amount of exercise that we get in our everyday lives. The ‘Active Planning’ toolkit, a national first, provides a practical guide for planners, architects, and developers to help them ‘design in’ features which encourage physical activity, such as making stairs easy to find, and linking shops and workplaces to walking and cycling networks. CLICK HERE to read more
Proposals to make the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme simpler, easier and more straightforward have been outlined. The proposals will be formally consulted on early next year but comments from participants are encouraged now.
In this article Andrew Ross examines how policy changes and budget cuts are causing sustainability managers to reposition their work to fit new priorities. The potential for low-carbon growth is ‘a light at the end of the tunnel’, but other parts of the sustainability agenda are looking much more vulnerable. READ the article here.
The first Government Buying Standards for food and catering services has been announced, ensuring that Government departments and agencies buy more sustainable food and give small and local producers fair access to public contracts worth up to £2 billion a year. The new standards will cover procurement of food produced to higher sustainability and nutritional standards, and more sustainable catering operations.
The aims of the awards are simple – to promote environmental leadership and innovate and inspire all those in the public sector committed to reducing the carbon footprint of their organisation. There is no qualifying criteria that needs to be satisfied to enter the awards. Entrants just need just send approximately 1000 – 1500 words detailing the activities undertaken by them to reduce, by any means, the impact of their organisation on our environment. To enter, complete the registration form (including pictures and/or logos with your entry) by 15th August 2011. Visit the awards website for more information.
From 2011-12, all NHs organisations are to include a section in their Annual Report covering their performance on sustainability during the year. This guidance is applicable to all organisations, including NHS organisations, that produce Annual Reports and Accounts in accordance with the FReM. HM Treaury have produced a useful document that explains the requirements and provides template examples. See the document below or visit HM Treasury website. The SDU has also provided guidance and a template on their website.
The 2011 HSJ awards are now open for application (close 15 July). For three decades the HSJ Awards have celebrated health service innovation and have demonstrated how in good times and tough it is possible to improve both quality and efficiency. This year's awards have 18 categories, including a return for Good Corporate Citizenship - about delivering the core business of the NHS in a way that contributes to the sustainability of the communities and places that it serves
The SDU has collected useful information and links from the Environment Agency (and others) to help you prepare your CRC annual and footprint reports in time for the 29th July deadline. Click HERE to visit the SDU website for the guidelines and links to support options and resources.
About one third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste, according to a study commissioned by the United Nations food agency, amounting to more than one billion tonnes of waste every year. Consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food, 222 million tonnes, as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa. CLICK HERE for the full report.
The revised safe management of healthcare waste guidance document was published by DH last month This is the second edition of this manual, providing an update to Health Technical Memorandum 07-01 first published in 2006. See the PDF below for full detail
This editorial, written in collaboration between health and military professionals, calls on doctors to make their voices heard on the issue of climate change. It reflects on a recent report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has highlighted that the effects of climate change will present a threat to collective security and global order in the first half of the 21st century. This will limit access to food, safe water, power, sanitation, and health services and drive mass migration and competition for remaining resources. Starvation, diarrhoea, and infectious diseases will become more common, and neonatal and adult mortality will rise, as a result of conflict. Visit the BMJ website for more information and to read the full editorial.
Carbon Trust Implementation Services and Siemens Financial Services have combined forces, and together are offering leases, loans and other financing options to all types of organisations seeking to reduce their energy use. New, more efficient equipment should lower energy bills and with payments calculated so that they can be offset by the anticipated energy savings, the financing option is designed to pay for itself. Visit the website for more detail.
People in the south west of England are the most enthusiastic recyclers in the country, according to the latest opinion poll. Friends of the Earth's new regional recycling league table evaluated people's attitudes to recycling at home and in the workplace and put all the regions in order of how much they love to recycle. The south west topped the poll with 77% saying they recycle even if it requires extra effort.
The British Medical Association (BMA) is launching a workbook to support ethical purchasing in the NHS. It will provide tools which will enable NHS organisations to devise ethical procurement policies and begin implementing, monitoring and reporting on these practices. It’s hoped the workbook will mobilise a range of stakeholders to start thinking about what they can do to bring change to the NHS. For more information and for ideas on what you can do, have a look a leaflet developed by the BMA and the Medical Fair and Ethical Trade Group - CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
Following the closure of the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), the government’s independent watchdog on sustainable development (SD), the NHS SDU has taken ownership of one of its most important creations: the Good Corporate Citizenship Assessment Model (GCC). Revised in 2009 the GCC offers a self assessment test which allows organisations to look at their SD progress in all areas from procurement to community engagement.
'Looking back, looking forward Sustainability and UK food policy 2000-2011' is the Sustainable Development Commission's final report that reviews progress towards sustainable food policy in the UK from 2000 to 2011. It is attempting to articulate what a sustainable food system is – one that addresses the multidimensional challenges of health, fairness, environment and economy. It identifies specific challenges for food and sustainability and highlights priorities for action going forward. Its purpose is to advise policy makers in the UK Government and the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland administrations, as well as those in business, academia and civil society, who continue to pursue this important goal. It draws on previous work by the SDC in this area and is also informed by the findings of a survey of 145 experts within Government, business, academia and civil society during November and December 2010.
An excellent video with two case studies demonstrating how a sustainable NHS is better for patient care and can reduce the NHS carbon footprint. The NHS has the largest carbon footprint in the UK. Originally estimated at 18 million tonnes per annum, this has now risen to 21 million tonnes because the NHS now includes other greenhouse gases in its measurements. CLICK HERE to view on the SDU website.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has developed a new 2050 Carbon Tool. It’s an interactive way of seeing what specific actions will have on reducing CO2 levels. There are two versions (click to view) The easy to use version and the more comprehensive and technical version
As part of Climate Week the SDU is holding a web conference on Thursday 24th March at 3pm. Please join us as David Pencheon describes how we can future-proof the NHS and bring about positive change for our health service. Please contact Rosy Hunt if you’re interested.
The Government announced the details of the the world's first Renewable Heat Incentive policy to revolutionise the way heat is generated and used in buildings and homes. The Renewable Heat Incentive(RHI) policy document, sets out the detailed arrangements for this scheme, which will provide long-term financial support to renewable heat installations to encourage the uptake of renewable heat. DECC is aiming for the regulations which underpin this scheme to be approved by Parliament in summer 2011 and the scheme will be introduced shortly thereafter.
Improving the sustainability of the NHS and reducing the NHS carbon footprint has the benefit of saving money. That's the reason why the NHS SDU and the Department of Health have developed an innovative new framework which will help the NHS report on sustainability. The framework will be included in the annual reports of NHS organisations, as part of the process of making the NHS more financially and environmentally sustainable. It will be voluntary for 2010/11 accounts but will be mandatory from 2011/12 onwards. For more information visit the SDU website.
The Carbon Plan is a Government-wide plan of action on climate change, including domestic and international activity, which sets out department by department, actions and deadlines for the next 5 years. The Plan presents ongoing and planned cross-Government action on climate change with specific deadlines providing for both internal accountability and public transparency.
The Soil Association has recently launched 'First Aid for Hospital Food', a report celebrating where hospitals have been successful at sourcing fresh, local and organic food with no impact on cost. The report also highlights where hospitals are falling short and sets a challenge for all hospitals to provide better meals for patients. For information visit the Soil Association website or click on the PDF link below to access the report.
The Route Map document describes what a sustainable health system might look like and highlights what we need to do to achieve it. It is a visionary document which has been produced by the SDU with the help of more than 70 other organisations, including NHS South West. The content of the Route Map framework was distilled from the learning established during a series of collaborative workshops.
(From SDU update) On Tuesday, 1st February 2011 the NHS SDU welcomed more than 220 people to St Barts hospital in London. Guests were welcomed by Sir Neil McKay, Lead NHS Chief Executive for Sustainable Development. He introduced a video address from Simon Burns MP, Minister of State for Health who explained why the Route Map and sustainable health was so important for government and the Department of Health. David Flory CBE, Deputy NHS Chief Executive described how NHS organisations must take action now so they can be fit for the future, not just financially but socially and environmentally too.
Millions of people can help in greening the NHS by sponsoring trees through a new NHS Forest Tree Sponsorship Scheme, launched by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and the Woodland Trust. The NHS Forest project aims to see the planting of 1.3 million trees, 1 tree per NHS employee, with as many as possible planted on NHS sites, such as hospitals and surgeries, to benefit patients, staff and local communities. People can sponsor a tree for £15 and up to 10 trees can be sponsored at a time using the web-based scheme.
Climate Week is an exciting new national campaign happening at the end of March- it is an opportunity for organisations to profile their practical solutions to climate change under a national banner. If you know of any exceptional new initiative which deserves recognition then you can enter it into the Climate Week Awards - they include the categories "Best Initiative by a Public or Uniformed Service" and "Best Initiative by a Governmental or Statutory Body". The deadline for submitting entries is Feb 4th. For full details see the attached award pack PDF and visit the Climate Week website.
Climate SW has just released ‘Warming to the idea: building resilience to extreme weather and climate change in the South West’ - which updates the summary report of a scoping study carried out in 2003, which summarised the impacts of climate change across a number of sectors in the South West. The updated publication incorporates the latest climate projections (UK Climate Projections 2009) and reflects current understanding of the key issues and adaptation opportunities for the South West. Click HERE to view the PDF or visit the Climate SW website for more information.
The SDU have recently released a “Creating a Sustainable NHS” booklet to provides an overview of the learning and development resources that are available free to NHS organisations. The guide will make it easy for you to embed sustainability into your workplace and help you and your colleagues make the NHS more sustainable. The information and practical advice in the booklet has been developed by the NHS Sustainable Development Unit (SDU), in collaboration with healthcare organisations to ensure that they meet the needs of the service. For more information have a look at the attached PDF or visit the SDU website.
Salix has recently launched a further loans scheme, with initial funding of £4.5m, which is to be provided to public sector bodies in England (excluding Central Government Departments, their Agencies and NDPB’s). The Scheme allows public sector bodies to apply for an interest free loan to finance up to 100% of the costs of energy saving projects meeting Salix’s criteria. This initial tranche of loans will be paid back to Salix by direct debit on a 6 monthly basis over a period of 4 years, commencing in March 2012. The funding can be applied for in this current financial year only, ending on 31 March 2011. Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis until all funds are allocated so the sooner an application is made then there is a greater chance of obtaining the required funding. For more information please visit the Salix website
The SDU has recently produced a knowledge briefing on Teleconference options. Making teleconferencing (or video/web-conferencing) standard practice has a range of benefits that will help improve the efficiency of the NHS and free up staff time from travelling. Knowledge, culture and training can be barriers to using remote conferencing more. For more information, read the PDF below or visit the SDU website.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has detailed the Government’s commitment to “fully implement sustainability reporting across Government". In line with the Government’s aim of increasing transparency and accountability across the public sector, central government departments and the NHS will be required to report non-financial a varity of sustainability criteria. For more information visit the defra website.
The SDU has now responded to the additional White Paper, 'Liberating the NHS', consultations: An Information Revolution and Greater Choice and Control. Both these responses can be found on the SDU website. The closing date for these responses is 14th January 2011. The SDU is also forming a response to the Public Health - Healthy lives, healthy people consultation. This response will also be available on the SDU by 20th December. The closing date for responses is 8th March 2011.
BMJ Learning has released two e-learning modules on climate change & health. The first module explores the history and scientific basis of climate change and the ways in which it is predicted to impact on global health, while the second looks at the role of the health professional in responding to climate change. Both modules are freely accessible and are suitable for all audiences as they are available for both medical and public use. Visit the BMJ website to find out more, but please note that you will need to register an account with BMJ learning but access to the two modules is free. You can either create an account as a clinical specialist (select 'other' if these do not apply to you) or as a patient (select 'member of the public').
SHINE has now published its report on sustainable refurbishment of existing healthcare buildings - 'Making Existing Healthcare Buildings Sustainable'. The report includes six case studies, examining sustainability improvements on a variety of different buildings, from health centres to mental health facilities and acute hospitals. The report then pulls together a number of recommendations that Trusts can follow as guidance about how to meet climate change and adaptation targets, along with strategies to adopt for planning sustainability improvements to the estate. Further details are available on the SHINE website.
This consultation is the result of stakeholder feedback and the Government’s intention to review the operation and design of the scheme. The proposed amendments are focused on extending the introductory phase and postponing the first allowance sale of phase two. This will allow for future amendments and provide participants with an additional year’s experience managing compliance and performance within the introductory phase. We recommend that you respond to this consultation. You will find the NHS SDU response available to download from the SDU website. For further information on the consultation please see the Department of Energy & Climate Change website. Note: The closing date for consultation responses is Friday 17th December 2010.
Defra has recently released a study that provides the most detailed analysis to date of the total carbon footprint of UK Government. For the first time a detailed carbon footprint analysis of Central Government is presented for a 19-year time series (1990 to 2008), and includes scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions (refers to the complete supply chain GHG emissions of procurement). CenSA’s scope 3 model was used to understand the complete supply chain impacts of all goods and services purchased by UK Central Government.
The Committee on Climate Change today recommended a carbon budget for 2023-27 and a target for emissions reductions in 2030 – halfway between now and 2050. The recommended target for 2030, to cut emissions by 60% relative to 1990 levels (46% relative to current levels), would then require a 62% emissions reduction from 2030 to meet the 2050 target in the Climate Change Act. Visit the Committee on Climate Change's website for more information.
It is that time of year again where we are all likely to be over-indulging in the festive spirit and eating too many mince pies! Unfortunately over Christmas we put on an average of 5 lbs! The Walking Works campaign’s Mince Pie Calculator can help you bring a bit of colour and Christmas spirit to promoting walking during the festive season. Visit the Mince-pie-calculator!
Defra has published its Action plan for driving sustainable operations and procurement across Government, meeting a commitment of its Structural Reform Plan. The action plan will guide reform of Government’s operations and procurement. See the PDF below or visit the defra website for more information.
The BMJ Group Awards are asking for nominations for their 2011 awards. They are specifically asking for entrants from sustainable healthcare organisations. This award recognises a healthcare organisation that has gone beyond its core business to show outstanding and effective commitment to sustainable health care. Entries close on 4th January 2011. For more information visit the Awards Website
(From SDU bulletin) The Carbon Trust is currently asking for organisations to sign up to its Public Sector Carbon Management service. The 10 month programme will help public sector bodies develop and implement carbon management plans to achieve five year cost savings and carbon reduction targets. To secure a place on the service next year you will need to identify a Project Leader who will be able to commit around 2 days a week to drive forward carbon management within your organisation. You will also need to identify a committed Director to act as Project Sponsor. If you are interested then email firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st December 2010. Please state your: Name, position, organisation, telephone number, annual energy bill and level of carbon maturity (beginner/refresh/advanced).
The Foundation Trust Network has just released a new publication, ‘Making Sustainability Add Up’, looking at how foundation trusts (FTs) can account for sustainability and the work they have been doing in this area. Accounting for sustainability—that is, measuring, reporting, and managing the social and environmental impacts of doing business—is now a strategic priority for foundation trusts. It is essential not only to meet changing regulatory priorities, and the demands of local communities, but also to understand and realise financial, reputational, and public health gains.
Human development report says inaction on climate change puts at risk decades of progress on education and health. The UN said that on one estimate, the adverse effects of climate change on grain yields would push prices up, more than doubling the price of wheat. In a worst case scenario, the report added, by 2050 per capita consumption of cereals would fall by a fifth, leaving 25 million additional children malnourished, with South Asia the worst affected. Read more on The Guardian website.
The European Commission have issued the very long-awaited final “Buying social: A guide to taking account of social considerations in public sector procurement”. The guide clarifies the position in respect of incorporating social considerations, which is now fairly unambiguous, but will continue to be tested by ECJ case law. One area that is now clearer is the use of social labels and other certifications. The full guide and a summary are available below.
This document from the SDU details how you and your finance teams can deliver better value for money by making sustainability part and parcel of the financial process. The paper is aimed at anyone with financial control in the NHS and is designed to help NHS finance experts understand the health, cost, governance and reputational benefits associated with reporting on sustainability issues. Visit the SU website to download.
Applications are now open for the fourth annual Planting Places awards, celebrating top examples of local greenspace across the South West of England. The awards recognise the input of these spaces in supporting healthy, sustainable communities and acknowledge the people who work to make them special. Any public greenspace in the South West of England can be nominated for an award; this includes everything from parks, community gardens and allotments to green routes (ie cycle paths), playing fields and even cemeteries and rooftops.
(From SDU Bulletin) A new scheme to encourage kidney units to implement sustainable healthcare has been launched by the Campaign for Greener Healthcare. ‘Green Stars’ provides a measurable mechanism by which kidney care teams can demonstrate achievements against national criteria, while encouraging a continued effort towards sustainable healthcare. Kidney units will apply for their ‘Green Stars’ by providing evidence of their environmental initiatives with their achievements published on a dedicated website. Already 80% of kidney units have a green staff representative – working on projects from energy and water-saving through to telemedicine and patient-centred care. To find out more please visit the Green Nephrology page on the Campaign for Greener Healthcare website.
(From SDU bulletin) The British Medical Journal has two articles on health and climate change in one of its most recent issues. They both cover the 10:10 campaign and explain that NHS organisations still have time to reduce their carbon footprint by 10% during 2010. In one article Fiona Godlee, Editor of the BMJ writes, “high carbon lifestyles are bad for health”. The articles can be found in the BMJ October 9, 2010 Vol. 341, Num. 7776 or both articles can be found on the SDU website.
The Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards recognises businesses that have gone the extra mile to reduce carbon emissions from their fleet operations. In Partnership with the Guardian and CBI, the 2010 awards were launched on September 28th and entrants have until 2nd November to submit applications. With 10 categories there’s an opportunity for all organisations to promote their environmental success stories. Visit the Fleet Hero website for more information.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) Adaptation Sub-committee has published the first UK wide assessment on how the well prepared the country is for the already unavoidable impacts of climate change, including preparing for health and infrastructure impacts of changes in temperature, weather and resource availability and developing resilience. This report was supported by a Defra strategic statement, 'Adapting to Climate Change: A new approach' – exploring how work will be taken forward in these areas.
The Royal Society for Public Health recently released the article “Tackling climate change and tackling health risks: the co-benefits”. Andrew Lansley (Health) and Chris Huhne (Energy and Climate Change) joined forces to contirbute the forward of the article. They have said that “the health sector is uniquely positioned to lead by example...” Read the introduction on the RSPH website and see the attached PDF for the full article.
On Sunday, 10th October 2010, the environmental movement 10:10 will hold a ‘Global Day of Doing’. The organisers are asking that you make some contribution towards tackling climate change. Over a 100 NHS organisations have joined the 10:10 Health Campaign aimed at reducing emissions by 10% during 2010. If you’d like advice about organising an event then please contact David at email@example.com or call on 020 7383 9112.
(From SDC Healthy Futures Update, Autumn 2010) The Royal College of General Practitioners has published its postition statement on sustainability and climate change: "It recognises that the unsustainable use of resources poses a significant challenge to public health in the 21st Century" and it believes that "GPs have a responsibility to promote sustainable development and to show leadership by example in tackling climate change." Read the full position statement here.
(From SDU Bulletin) Defra have published their 2010 update to the Greenhouse Gas Conversion Factors for Company Reporting. The conversion factor dataset is updated on an annual basis and is intended for use in conjunction with Defra/DECC’s ‘Guidance on how to measure and report your GHG emissions’, available at the defra website. The conversion factors can be found on the defra conversion factor page
New web pages which explain the science behind the headlines on climate change have been launched by Government Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sir John Beddington. The web pages, produced with the support of leading scientists from the Met Office Hadley Centre and others, present an overview of some of the most important areas of study in climate change science. This overview will help anyone wishing to get beyond the day-to-day headlines and gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental scientific issues involved. Visit the new web pages on the BIS website.
The NHS SDU has fully replied to the series of consultations on the White Paper “Liberating the NHS” and they recommend you also formulate your own response to the Department of Health. The consultation closes on 5 October (White Paper) and 11 October 2010 (for the detailed proposals documents). The SDU’s response raises the necessity of a joined up approach to economic, social and environmental sustainability as being core to health reforms and the QIPP agenda. Read the series of responses on the SDU website.
(From SDU Bulletin) Placing sustainability at the heart of the quality agenda will allow the health system to prosper “tomorrow”. That’s according to Dr Paul Cosford, interim Director of Health Protection Services at the Health Protection Agency and Dr Justyn Thomas, CMO appointed Clinical Advisor to the Regional Director of Public Health. Writing in the Quality and Safety in Healthcare journal Cosford and Thomas argue that efficient use of resources minimises waste, maximises high-quality healthcare and, in combination, with effectiveness provides the critical measure of productivity. Read more HERE.
This summary document, developed by the SDU, provides an overview of the development resources available to your organisation to embed sustainability. See the PDF below for information.
The SDU has recently produced guidance on Adaptation for Climate Change. The guidance gives NHS organisations information on what climate change adaptation is, why it is a priority for the NHS and how organisations can include adaptation in their Sustainable Development Management Plans (SDMPs). See below to download the PDF document.
The British Standard for procuring sustainably, BS 8903:2010, was published in August by the BSI in association with Action Sustainability.
The SDU has produced a slide set which will help NHS organisations understand the correlation between human health and climate change. The resource was originally developed for public health trainees but could be used by NHS staff to explain the importance of sustainable development in health care, within the wider context of climate change. The slides (and their accompanying notes) can be viewed as a PDF on the SDU website and a powerpoint version can be requested.
Having a Board Approved Sustainable Development Management Plan (SDMP) is one of the cornerstones of the NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy. It supports sustainability and details how the combination of economy, environment and society are not only core to the NHS but also benefit how the NHS is run. The SDU's latest information on SDMPs summarises the policy context, and provides guidance and suggestions to assist NHS organisations to develop an effective SDMP. If you already have an SDMP in place you may wish to use this updated document to revise your plan at the next annual review. Visit the SDU website for more info
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has published its position statement on sustainability and climate change. “It recognises that the unsustainable use of resources poses a significant challenge to public health in the 21st Century and that human-induced climate change in particular threatens the long term health and well-being of populations in the UK and globally.” “RCGP believes that GPs have a responsibility to promote sustainable development and to show leadership by example in tackling climate change. The College will seek ways to inform and support GPs in this responsibility and to influence the wider agenda so that this duty can be exercised without financial detriment to GP practices.” Read the full statement here.
(From South West Public Health and Well Being e-bulletin). New analysis of research conducted in partnership with the National Obesity Observatory and Sustrans, shows the impact an increase in cycling has had on public health - with a 10% reduction in the number of people classified as physically inactive.
(From SW Public Health e-bulletin). This IDeA publication offers a fresh perspective on how to reduce inequalities in community health and wellbeing. It proposes assessing and building on the strengths and resources in a community to increase resilience and social capital, and develop better ways of delivering health outcomes. It offers local authorities, health practitioners and politicians an introduction to the asset model approach and principles and gives examples of how it is being used in England. It also outlines a set of coherent and structured tools that put asset model principles into practice. View the full publication for more information.
Defra, in partnership with Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), has published the 2010 update to the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Conversion Factors for Company Reporting. The dataset is now available on defra's conversion factors page.
The Environment Agency has approved another standard for early action metric for the CRC, providing further competition for the original Carbon Trust version. The Kitemark ERV (Energy Reduction Verification) scheme is based on the BS EN16001 Energy Management Standard and uses the well known Kitemark brand. The Kitemark scheme has been designed specifically with CRC requirements in mind so requires that only Greenhouse Gas emissions from energy use are taken into account. Along with the Carbon Trust Standard and CEMARS, Kitemark allows organisations who are leading the way in environmental management to be rewarded for their early action. For more information visit the Bsigroup website.
CABE has recently released 'Community Green', a resource investigating the relationship between urban green space, inequality, ethnicity, health and wellbeing in the largest study of its kind in England.
The NHS Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) has published some timely guidance on how to save the NHS money; useful information for Financial Directors and Estates Managers. 'Saving Money by Saving Carbon, Decision Making in the NHS using Marginal Abatement Cost Curves' guidance supports the fact that lowering your carbon footprint and increasing sustainability will help reduce costs and in many cases will improve the quality of healthcare.
SHAs, PCTs, GP surgeries, in fact any NHS organisation which had a settled half hourly electricity meter anywhere in its organisational group during 2008 will need to participate in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. This is compulsory. If organisations don’t comply with the CRC and provide information disclosures by 30th September 2010 they will face financial penalties. There are different levels of participation, but all organisations will need to take part even if they use less than 3000MWh (as long as you had a settled half hourly meter during 2008).
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the SDU have cowritten guidance which will help the NHS reduce construction waste. The guidance is aimed at halving the amount of construction waste going to landfill at a time when landfill costs are rising. The report sets out ways that NHS organisations can improve the sustainability of building works being carried out. See the PDF below for more information.
The Severn Deanery School of Primary Care has launched a programme in Sustainable Healthcare for GP registrars. The purpose of the programme is to offer high performing GP specialist trainees the opportunity to develop skills in sustainable healthcare within the context of the NHS. The skills will help equip them for future appointments within primary care trusts, SHAs and the NHS as a whole. For more info visit the Campaign for Greener Healthcare website.
Having a Board Approved Sustainable Development Management Plan (SDMP) is one of the corner stones of the NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy and once again underpins the fundamental overlap between Social, Economic and Environmental factors that is core to the NHS. NHS CEO Lead for Sustainable Development, Sir Neil McKay, is keen for the Carbon reduction strategy to be implemented in every region. A map showing the number of SDMPs per region is available on the SDU website - on average 48% of Trusts across England have an SDMP with congratulations to the South West, South Central and Yorks and Humber who had many more.
The Health Service Journal is inviting entrants for its Good Corporate Citizen award. The deadline for nominations for the awards has been extended to 30 July 2010. Good Corporate Citizenship is about delivering the core business of the NHS in a way that supports the health and wellbeing of local communities while minimising financial and environmental costs. Taking part in the awards ceremony is not only an ideal way of highlighting sustainability across the NHS but is also a great way to demonstrate personal and team success in this important area. For more information visit the HSJ website.
Over 5,000 NHS staff in Scotland will now be trained to encourage victims to 'open up' about domestic abuse.Scotland will become the first country in the UK to tackle domestic abuse through the NHS, with a co-ordinated national strategy to identify and help more victims.Frontline NHS staff in Scotland will become skilled at how to initiate conversations in a sensitive way that will give people the chance to open up about abuse behind closed doors.
Caroline Spelman, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has written to fellow Cabinet ministers telling them that all food procured and served by their departments must meet British standards, such as the Red Tractor or approved organic schemes, wherever it is bought from. The requirement will soon be rolled out to the entire public sector, including schools and hospitals. For more information, visit the Sunday Telegraph website.
The Campaign for Greener Healthcare has created an online database for NHS organisations which maps case studies in all areas of NHS sustainable development. The website promotes the sharing of best practice and resources. It is easy to use and allows NHS organisations to present the latest information on each featured project.
The SDU has been working with the Royal College of Physicians to look at how doctors can help reduce health inequality in the UK. The resulting document considers how doctors can help influence people to live healthier and in many cases a lower carbon lifestyle (i.e. more cycling etc) and how they can help reduce the overall carbon footprint of the health service. Visit the website for more information.
The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) is looking for NHS Trusts that are enthusiastic about changing behaviours, in order to save energy and water, reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainability. IESD, based at De Montfort University in Leicester, is looking at ways of influencing and managing staff, patients and visitors to reduce environmental impacts. For more information please contact Dr Andrew Wallace
Food prices are set to rise as much as 40% over the coming decade amid growing demand from emerging markets and for biofuel production, according to a United Nations report released on 15 June which warns of rising hunger and food insecurity. Click here for full information and to read the full report.
Any NHS Trusts wanting to know more about the CRC can listen to a specially developed webinar, created for Trusts so they can better understand how to prepare for the CRC. SDU Director David Pencheon took part and highlighted the impact the CRC will have on the NHS. Topics covered include Early Action Metrics; how NHS Trusts can benefit; how to achieve the Carbon Trust standard. Click to listen to the webinar.
The Health Protection Agency has published an easy read guide on how to run a low carbon, sustainable event. It was originally written for HPA staff but it offers excellent advice to anybody who wants to minimise the carbon impact of training courses, meeting, conferences etc and covers areas including catering options and reducing waste. See the attached PDF. You can also find information in the Greener Events Guide, with slides and other support information available on the Our South West website.
The Environment Agency, the SDU and Yorkshire and the Humber are presenting two CRC surgeries specifically for NHS organisations.One will be hosted by Yorks and Humber and the other in Cambridge. The Environment Agency (EA) will speak at the surgeries and will be able to answer your questions face to face. The sessions will include an overview of CRC, registration walk though, monitoring and reporting tool guidance, Q&As and the EA will have all the latest developments.
The NHS SDU has put together this briefing paper outlining some important information about EU funding types and processes. Accessing the many different types of EU funding is a complex process that requires a high level of expertise and commitment. This paper is designed to provide you with an overview of where to go for more information. It is important that you use the channels listed below as the EU funding picture is constantly evolving.
All NHS organisations who have a setted half hourly meter must register for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme on the Environment Agency website. However, as you progress through the site do not click on the “Mandate Participants” section. This is reserved for central government use only. The Environment Agency does not consider NHS Trusts as “Mandate Participants.” so when you are registering via the EA website you need to select either “Qualify as a participant” (over 6,000 MWh) or “Make an information Disclosure” (less than 6,000 MWh). Click here to visit the EA website.
Fit for the Future is a document which details four future scenarios which give a picture of how health and healthcare in England could differ by 2030. It’s designed to help boards and managers think about long term planning so they are able to turn their commitment to delivering sustainable healthcare into action. The SDU has now produced a resource handbook and a dramatisation of the four scenarios on DVD, which will help facilitators lead a session on this topic. Download the handbooks from the SDU website (see below) and please telephone 01223 596963 for a copy ofthe DVD. The additional resources can be used with groups to work through the scenarios outlined in the ‘Fit for the Future - Scenarios for low-carbon healthcare 2030’ published in September 2009.
Two new documents/guidance notes on sustainable commissioning ave has been sent to all Trusts: ‘Commissioning for Sustainable Development – a how to guide from commissioners’ from the SDU and Healthy Futures, #9 in the SDC series (includes a case study from NHS Gloucestershire). See below for the PDF versions of each or visit the SDU website.
Following on from the announcement at the recent SWSPN Sustainable Procurement Conference, a range of free training sessions across the region covering various aspects of sustainable procurement are now avaliable.
Outstanding green schemes have only two weeks left before the chance to be recognised by the rest of the industry at Edie's Awards for Environmental Excellence 2010 is gone. Now in their fourth year the awards highlight the good work being done by businesses, local authorities and other organisations to push forward the sustainability agenda. The final deadline is May 26 but, as always, a well presented submission is much more likely to win over the judges then one rushed out to beat the deadline. To find out more please visit the awards website.
The UK government policy requires that all future non-residential or mixed-use developments above 1000 m2 should provide at least 10% of their energy requirements from on-site renewable energy generation. Wind energy produced from building-mounted wind turbines could be expected to provide a proportion of this renewable energy. Putting a wind turbine on top of a tall building is a highly visual way to shout about green credentials, but minor changes in rooftop positioning can make a world of difference when it comes to actual energy generation. Built environment experts BRE have been putting their wind tunnel to good use, measuring speed and turbulence over thousands of spots on the roofs of a series of scale models representing high rise and medium rise buildings.
The Recycle Zone at the Royal United Hospital, Bath is the first project of its kind in a hospital in the South West. Staff at the hospital already recycle much of the waste created but a lot of this happens ’behind the scenes’. For visitors and patients, this will be the first time they can recycle some of the things they usually recycle at home, with over 50 recycling units are now available at various public locations across the hospital such as the Atrium Reception, restaurants, education centre, some wards, theatres and the bus stop. For more information of what's available on site, visit the recycle page on the RUH website.
(from the BBC News website) "Just five minutes of exercise in a "green space" such as a park can boost mental health, researchers claim. There is growing evidence that combining activities such as walking or cycling with nature boosts well-being. In the latest analysis, UK researchers looked at evidence from 1,250 people in 10 studies and found fast improvements in mood and self-esteem. The study in the Environmental Science and Technology journal suggested the strongest impact was on young people."
The NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy recommends that Trusts include a section on sustainability in their Annual Reports. This will fit very well with the requirement for adaptation reporting (see DH Climate Change Plan). The SDU has developed a draft Knowledge Briefing on what to include in your Annual Report. Visit the SDU website for more information or see the attached PDF.
How much CO2 does it cost to stay in Hospital? On average, more than a quarter of a tonne. That’s according to the latest research by the Eastern Region Public Health Observatory (ERPHO) who have calculated an average inpatient admission equates to 380 kilos of CO2e. The research gives a good indication of the carbon impact of NHS services, including service changes and innovations in the NHS. It will be particularly useful as the NHS responds to the Quality and Productivity challenge. This research will help the NHS quantify which innovative healthcare measures could be introduced to improve patient care, save money and reduce carbon emissions. For more information visit the ERPHO website.
DH has published its Climate Change Plan, which brings together the pan government carbon reduction and adaptation plans required in the Climate Change Act. The Plan requires non Foundation Trusts to sign up to a Statement of Internal Control, meaning that a Trust has to take into account the requirements of the Climate Change Act and the Civil Contingencies Act in relation to adapting to climate change. DH will make more information available by the end of April/early May. As part of the process of internal control, this information will be summarised in Trust Annual Reports and would ideally be linked to the other areas of work for sustainable development and carbon reduction. For more information on the DH plan, visit the DH website.
DH has recently issued the Premises Assurance Model (PAM). It is designed to help NHS organisations report on the quality and safety of NHS premises. The NHS PAM has been developed to support the delivery of the Quality and Productivity challenge, public value and carbon reduction programmes. Although it is non-mandatory, the overarching objective of the model is to enable providers to demonstrate assurance and accountability for their premises in a clear and nationally consistent manner. It is initially focussed on the acute sector and is pre-populated with existing nationally reported information. More details available on the Dh website.
This consultation seeks views on a package of documents about community resilience. The documents include guidance for individuals and communities on how to prepare for emergencies and a strategic national framework for community resilience, which sets out the government’s contribution to build and enhance community resilience across the UK. This consultation will close on 1 July 2010. For information visit the Cabinet Office website.
A hospital packed with green technology could become the most environmentally friendly in Britain, according to the primary care trust building it. The Malvern Community Hospital, due to open this autumn, is part of plans by the NHS to cut its carbon footprint - which is currently 3% of the UK's total emissions. Built at Seaford Court, Malvern Link, the hospital will include in-patient and out-patient facilities, x-ray and ultrasound, day rehabilitation and therapies, palliative care and visiting mammography and MRI scans. Its 24-bed £17.7M hospital will use renewable geothermal energy for heating, cooling and hot water. For more information visit the edie website
The SDU has written a two page briefing paper for Junior Doctors. It details how well placed they are to be practical role models for sustainability. It also explains how changing medical culture so it becomes more sustainable will make a big difference in achieving NHS carbon reduction targets.The Knowledge Briefing can be found by visiting the SDU website.
A new report paints the first complete picture of the scale of the UK’s waste mountain, which hit 18.4million tons last year – at a time when the economy was still struggling to emerge from the longest recession on record. The environmental cost of discarded food and drink is equal to an extra 12.4 million cars on the road. For more information visit The Independent on Sunday website.
Professor Tim Lang, a government adviser on nutrition, has said that the government needs to do more to improve poor quality meals in the NHS. “Improving hospital food would bring great benefits to many millions of patients, but it would also inspire consumers to choose healthier food when out of hospital care and support British farmers to go even further to improve their produce,” said Prof Lang. “By doing this, it would support a shift towards a more sustainable diet in the country at large, which we urgently need to achieve.” For more information, visit the Press Association website.
The South West Climate Change Impacts Partnership (SWCCIP), the region’s only partnership focused on climate change impacts and adaptation, is changing it’s name to Climate SouthWest from 1st April 2010. The website has also been updated to reflect the name change, but the website address remains the same: www.oursouthwest.com/climate. Why not visit it to find out more about their work, and look at some of the exciting new adaptation case studies on the dedicated case study page.
The Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) framework was announced on 31 March 2010, this will replace the SOGE targets when they expire in 2010/11. The SDiG framework will drive Government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that our estate is resilient to the impacts of changing climate. Government is committed to leading by example on reducing emissions further and faster. Under the new framework Government has set itself a target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 34 % by 2020 (from 1999/2000 levels).
The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan published on 15 July 2009, announced that all departments would publish a Carbon Reduction Delivery Plan and The Transition Plan also announced that all departments would publish a Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Together these plans will represent a public statement of intent setting out the DH's commitment to a clear set of time-specific actions to help the UK both mitigate and adapt to climate change. These two plans take into account the inter-linkages between adaptation and mitigation and are being published together as the Climate Change Plan, published in March 2010. For more information and to download the full plan, visit the resource page on this website or the Department of Health website.
Climate change affects all areas of our lives and the Government has made taking action a priority. On 31st March 2010, Government departments published Departmental Adaptation Plans, setting out their key risks and priorities on climate change, and Carbon Reduction Delivery Plans (work led by Department of Energy and Climate Change). Departments were encouraged to take a joint approach and some have produced combined Climate Change plans.
Entries are now open for this year’s Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award which recognises excellence in both design and procurement. Public sector clients, architects, project managers, built environment professionals and contractors can submit any new project that has helped improve public services. This includes schools, hospitals, libraries, museums, infrastructure projects such as bridges, stations and flood defence schemes, city centre squares and other public spaces. But also smaller projects. Its size and budget do not matter. For more information visit the award website.
The Royal Commission has published a report on Adapting Institutions to Climate Change. The Commission chose this topic because it believes there is an urgent need to understand how UK institutions should adapt to climate change and initiate actions to build adaptive capacity. The primary focus has so far been on how to mitigate climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but it is equally important to learn how to adapt to, at the same time as taking action to mitigate, climate change. The Commission found that many UK institutions are poorly positioned to adapt to climate change and often have not yet started to think about how it will impact on them. They also found that there are complex and multilayered governance arrangements in place for many areas which will be impacted by climate change.
(From SWSPN Newsletter) Action Sustainability in collaboration with the British Standards Institute have developed adraft standard for sustainable procurement: BS 8903. It is available to view at the BSiwebsite: registration with the BSi is required (free) and will enable you to comment on aspects of the draft document as a part of its public consultation. It is expected that the final document will be available in July or August 2010. Visit the BSi website to register and view the draft document.
Shaping Our Future - the report from the joint ministerial and third sector task force on climate change, the environment and sustainable development was launched on 09 March 2010. Ministers from Defra, Decc and the Office of the Third Sector spoke at the launch, as well as a good mix of third sector panelists from NCVO, Green Alliance, the National Children's Bureau and ACRE.
The danger and cost of climate change to the health of Europeans is at the forefront of the debate as the fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health begins today in Parma, Italy. The conference, organised by the World Health Organisation, will include representatives from across Europe and is an important forum on how to tackle cross-cutting environment and health issues such as climate change. For more information visit the WHO event website
This consultation seeks views on the proposed Planning Policy Statement: Planning for a Natural and Healthy Environment, which sets out streamlined and consolidated planning policy relating to: biodiversity and geological conservation (PPS9)landscape protection, soil and agricultural land quality, and forestry (PPS7)coastal access, heritage coast and the undeveloped coast (PPG20)open space, sport, recreation and play (PPG17) Proposed policy changes relate only to the strategic provision of green infrastructure and to the floodlighting of sports and recreational facilities. For full information visit the CLG website. Deadline for comment is 01 June 2010.
An unprecedented investment in cycling has improved the public’s health in six Cycling Demonstration Towns – and has had a positive impact on its most inactive citizens according to new statistics published today. The new analysis of research conducted in partnership with the National Obesity Observatory and Sustrans, shows the impact an increase in cycling has had on public health - with a 10 per cent reduction in the number of people classified as physically inactive.
This new book, published at the end of 2009, provides a comprehensive study of the ways in which climate change and health interact and overlap. It begins with a review of the science, including the health services’ contribution to CO2 emissions in the UK, and includes clear recommendations for action on adaptation and on building healthy, sustainable low-carbon communities. It emphasises the need for partnership working and for collaboration with other professions and groups to amplify the health dimensions of climate change. Although it’s eminently readable from cover to cover, it will also be a useful reference for health professionals and anyone concerned about health policy.For further information visit http://www.earthscan.co.uk/?tabid=74742
Fair Society, Healthy Lives – the report of the Marmot review - was published on 11 February. The review stressed that tackling health inequalities was a matter of social justice, with real economic benefits and savings. It required action on the social gradient of health – not just on the health of the most disadvantaged – across the social determinants of health. The report builds on 10 years of work that has seen health and life expectancy improve for all, including those people living in disadvantaged groups and areas.
The UPDATE NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy is proving very popular with colleagues across the NHS and beyond, and many have been interested in using the new graphs for presentation purposes. The graphs have now been made available with a proviso that the SDU is acknowledge, you can download them at the SDU website
European and American scientists have for the first proved a link between pollution and heart disease. Swiss, American and Spanish researchers found particulates from exhaust pipes can lead to the thickening of artery walls - increasing chances of a heart attack or stroke.
The Department of Health is running a consultation on NHS Car parking: improving access for patients. Please respond to the consultation by 23rd February 2010. Car parking is an important topic for the NHS to get to grips with especially the impact on patients and visitors and the impact on the environment needs to be taken into account. The NHS SDU response to the consultation will be available on the SDU website by Friday 12th February 3pm. Access the consultation by clicking this link. The consultation form and address is at the end:
The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have launched a EUR 15 million fund to support energy efficiency projects at local level. The ELENA Facility (European Local Energy Assistance) aims to improve the preparation of projects in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in public and private buildings, urban transport and local infrastructure. See the PDF on the EIB website or visit www.eib.org for more information.
A range of new CRC guidance documents and tools are available - see below for list. All are available on the Environment Agency's website
Travel Actively is a portfolio of projects from the Active Travel Consortium that addresses health and well-being through regular walking and cycling across England. The Annual Report for 2009 includes a case study of the Exeter Sustrans TravelSmart programme. The PDF annual report is available on the resource page.
The Government has been urged to introduce a 'Walkability test' to ensure public services are easily reachable for the population by foot. The consortium – led by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) and including the Campaign to Protect Rural England, CTC, Friends of the Earth and Living Streets – also wants the Government to introduce a ‘transport test’ for all new policies so they do not lead to people having to travel further, particularly by car. The ‘walkability test’ could be applicable for all public services, such as post offices, schools and NHS facilities.
(Information from SDU bulletin 17) This is a timely update to the NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England (CRS). One year on from launching the CRS the NHS Sustainable Development Unit has revised some of the original data. This is essential reading and shows the growing challenge before us. You can view it on the SDU website.
(From SDU bulletin 17) The P4CR is currently a working document, primarily designed to help procurement staff reduce carbon emissions from their sector. However there is a wider message and opportunity that all NHS organisations should be aware of. Reducing carbon and procuring sustainably should be a corporate priority and included in your organisation’s sustainable development management plan. It should have an assigned strategic and operational lead. Procuring in a carbon sensitive way should be communicated to all staff and those who supply NHS organisations. The P4CR ‘Roadmap’ and supporting materials are available on the SDU website
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn today announced that from 1 April 2010 new social criteria will be added to the UK Government’s timber procurement policy, to add to the existing requirement that all Government bought timber is legal and sustainable. Central Government is estimated to purchase 20 per cent of all timber bought in the UK. This figure rises to 40 per cent when local authorities and other government bodies are included.
The Department of Health has sent each NHS organisation their own individual Carbon Indicator (CI) which covers water, sewage, high temperature disposal, landfill, non-burn treatment and recycling. A letter has been sent out to all CEOs, a copy of which, containing further information, can be seen on the resource page.
(information taken from SW Public Health and Well Being update) The headlines on the impact of climate change on health were generated from work from a variety of sources. These include the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group 2 report, Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, 2007, research at the Met Office Hadley Centre on heat stress and other published research.
There is a strong moral argument why local authorities and their partners work to improve the heath of their communities and to reduce the inequalities gap. But investing in preventative public health also makes sound business sense. The IDeA through the Healthy Communities programme plans to support the sector to understand where efficiency savings can be achieved and how to realise them. It is currently asking local authorities and partnerships to work with them to trial this theory in practice.
Ensuring food security is just as important to Britain’s future as energy supply, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Hilary Benn told delegates at the Oxford Farming Conference today as he unveiled the Government’s food strategy, Food 2030. The Food Strategy sets out the challenges facing Britain in maintaining a secure food supply at a time of rapid population growth and climate change, and following the big price increases seen in 2008 following droughts and the rise in the price of oil.
A new report published on Friday, 11 December by the Sustainable Development Commission finds that eliminating waste, cutting fatty and sugary foods and reducing meat and dairy consumption would make the biggest contribution towards improving health and reducing the environmental impacts of the food system.
The Carbon Trust has made available free technical support to help you progress applications to the Salix Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme.
The impacts of climate change will be widespread across the globe. In order to understand more about what the human impact of high-end climate change might be, and therefore what would happen if a successful agreement can not be reached at Copenhagen in December, the UK's Met Office Hadley Centre has produced a map outlining some of the impacts that may occur if the global average temperature rises by 4°C above the pre-industrial climate average. The map represents the latest peer-reviewed science on the impacts. For further information and to see the 4°C map visit www.actoncopenhagen.decc.gov.uk.
Have a look at http://www.energyxchange.eu/en/index.php. energyXchange identifies a wide range of awareness materials used in proven successful campaigns to save energy and CO2.
As part of national tree week, Tree O'Clock is a world record attempt to plant the most trees in one hour - Saturday, 5th December from 11am - 12 noon. All Trusts across the region are encouraged to take part - visit the Tree O'Clock partner page for more information.
A report was laid before Parliament on 26th November following a public consultation on the proposed strategy for using powers under the Climate Change Act. The Act requires public bodies and statutory undertakings, such as utilities companies, to ensure that they are adequately prepared for the impacts of climate change. It prioritises those organisations that are responsible for our key public services such as energy, water, transport and health. More information is available on Defra’s website www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climate/legislation/reporting.htm
Health should be at the centre of our fight against climate change, Health Secretary, Andy Burnham said Wednesday, 25 November at the launch of a new report on Health and Climate Change. The report calls on health ministers and professionals across the world to recognise the danger that climate change poses to health, in the run up to the UN conference in Copenhagen in December. For more information read below or visit the summary on the DH website.
Drawing on examples and research, Future health shows how good planning can have a positive impact on public health, how health trusts can cut carbon and costs by co-locating services, and how designers can influence people's well-being. Download the report by visiting the resources page or the Cabe website.
Brits are happy to recycle and follow green practises at home but leave their environmental conscience at the door when they arrive for work. That’s the conclusion of a new survey by Tickbox.net/Opinion Matters out today (20.11.09) which highlights how attitudes towards recycling and energy saving differ between the home and the workplace.
The SDU is producing a number of knowledge briefings that hope to address some of the most frequently asked questions on the NHS and sustainability. The first, which is available on the SDU website http://www.sdu.nhs.uk/page.php?page_id=142 is titled ‘what does a NHS active travel plan look like?’ and is a one-stop-shop that will give you a broad overview and some real life examples and links.
Musgrove Park Hospital has been creating a stir and attracting local press, all keen to cover the hospital's new on- site allotments. The hospital has received coverage on the BBC Somerset website, an interview on BBC Radio Somerset and an upcoming peice in the Western Daily Press - all highlighting this fantastic story.
Routes to play - a new guide from Sustrans for local authorities and other organisations managing outdoor play space, on ensuring children and young people can get to play areas actively and independently. For more informaton visit: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/assets/files/AT/APTTO/Routes_to_play.pdf
The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) have announced that they will be running a week long series of Webinars on the new UK Climate Projections (UKCP09) from the 30th November - 4th December. As well as open sessions, specific sessions are being held for local government, business and the natural environment.
Sustainability has been included in Monitor's consultation on additional annual reporting requirements 2009/10, setting out its proposals for additional annual reporting requirements for NHS foundation trusts for 2009/10.
World leaders must consider the likely impact of climate change on health and the large related cost-savings of early mitigation action when they meet in Copenhagen in December, two European health groups said on 9 October.
The Government is re-launching its Act on CO2 campaign in the run up to the international climate change conference taking place in Copenhagen in December. The Campaign is keen to use regional examples from the NHS so if you would like to share what interesting work your trust has been up to, please contact Hannah on 020 7403 2230 or email Hannah@forster.co.uk.
The NHS Confederation has recently released a briefing paper outlining the main details of how the CRC scheme will affect NHS trusts. The CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) Energy Efficiency Scheme, which will begin in April 2010 with an introductory three-year phase, is a mandatory energy efficiency scheme that will affect both the public and the private sector. Due to their size and operational nature, many NHS organisations will meet the qualification criteria for the scheme. Visit the NHS Confederation website or the resource page to view the briefing.
A new map illustrating the global consequences of failing to keep climate change to under 2 degrees Celsius was launched today by the UK Government. With just 45 days to go before international climate change talks begin in Copenhagen, British ministers are pressing for the most ambitious deal possible in order to avoid these dangerous impacts.
The new Let's Get Moving (LGM) physical activity care pathway is based on the principles of the NICE public health guidance 2006: Four Commonly Used Methods to Promote Physical Activity, which endorses the delivery of brief interventions for physical activity in primary care as both clinically and cost effective in the long term.
The final details of the Government’s scheme to save organisations money on fuel bills and to reduce carbon emissions have been unveiled today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme is a new regulatory incentive to improve energy efficiency in large public and private sector organisations. Large energy users in business and the public sector will be required to take part in the scheme from 1st April 2010.
Proposals to improve access to childcare, introduce part time training and improve career guidance have been outlined in a report published today as some of the key ways to help improve the future career prospects of women doctors.
Energy regulator Ofgem has today highlighted the challenges to Britain’s gas and electricity supplies. Chief among these challenges are a growing exposure to a volatile global gas market and power stations nearing the end of their life.
The world could start to run out of oil in the next ten years, sparking soaring energy prices and a rush for even more polluting fossil fuels, an influential new study by the UK Energy Research Council has warned. Click HERE to read the full article from the Telegraph on Thursday, 8 October 2009.
The US based Institute for a Sustainable Future has invited hospitals in the South West to join its Balanced Menus Challenge, a climate change reduction strategy that helps hospitals serve the healthiest food to benefit patients, the environment and the bottom line.
An article from the Times on 3 October 2009 highlighting how the Climate Change Commitment is helping offices and staff to integrate greener practices into everyday working. For the full article see http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6859432.ece
‘Leading the field: foundation trusts and their approach to the sustainability agenda’
The Environment Agency has produced a new report - 'Climate change, adapting for tomorrow' which shows how they are working, often in partnership with others, to help communities and businesses adapt, while still protecting the natural environment. The report can be found at:www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/planning/108348.aspx.
The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment has published its latest Practitioner guide on Adapting to Climate Change: a guide to its management in organisations. It has been written by Kay Johnstone, Alastair Brown and Mark Goldthorpe of the UK Climate Impacts Programme. The guide is free to IEMA members, or £15 to non-members.
Research shows for the first time how dependent we are on our cars. With the highest ‘cost of public transport relative to car’, the SW also places just 7th of 8 regions when considering ‘Who has the best travel options?’, graded E+ and scoring just 49% due to ‘Public transport being expensive and it's hard to take a bus’. The SW is also only second bottom for number of journeys mainly by walking or public transport.
Researchers have claimed the food provided in prisons is better than in NHS hospitals. Experts from Bournemouth University examined the quality of food offered to prisoners and NHS patients. They say people in hospital are losing out on nutrition because they are not being helped with eating or having their diet monitored.
More than £1.7bn of taxpayers' money was reported saved last year as a result of the Government's drive to make local government more efficient, announced Communities Secretary John Denham. New figures published on 29 September show that local authorities reported £1.76bn of savings during 2008-09, by making services more efficient and improving value for money - equivalent to £98 for the average band D council tax payer.
The Faculty of Public Health (in association with the NHS Sustainable Development Unit and the NHS Confederation) has published a new handbook, Sustaining a Healthy Future – Taking action on climate change.
The Rippleffect, a water-saving initiative from Envirowise, continues to have a demonstrable impact. A recent survey of last year's members showed that 53% are achieving water savings and over 80% can now measure their water use.
On average companies can cut their power use and reduce costs by about 17% if they make sure their IT is up to date, according to a new report.
The Blue Gym aims to promote health and well being in the natural environment and save millions of pounds for the NHS.S upported by Natural England, the Environment Agency and the Department of Health, the Blue Gym is a new initiative which aims to promote health and wellbeing and appreciation of the environment, as well as saving millions of pounds for the NHS.
Nearly nine out of ten people say that better quality buildings and public spaces improve their quality of life, according to new MORI research published by CABE on its tenth anniversary. The current risk is that public spending cuts to non-statutory council services, like parks management and maintenance, lead to places becoming dirtier and shabbier, with key targets like community safety and obesity being missed as a result.
Mental health charity Mind's grants scheme Ecominds have awarded five environmental organisations a maximum £250,000 each to deliver flagship projects as part of a national wellbeing and environmental campaign. The successful projects were seen to offer the best benefit to the environment while giving people with mental health problems the natural therapy of working outdoors.
The latest guidance from the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, "Fit for the Future" was published on the 10th September 2009. Co-produced in conjunction with the sustainable Development Charity, Forum for the Future it states that "A low carbon NHS is a more efficient NHS". It has been devised so current and future NHS leaders and staff can begin building a better health service now. A health service resilient not only to financial change but also to climate change.
CABE’s Homes for our old age features 10 case studies of housing schemes for older people, each of which offers inventive design and management solutions linking home and social care.
Chocolate, crisps and sugary drinks will be banned from secondary school canteens this month, under new rules to tackle childhood obesity. The nutritional standards, already in force in primary schools, require a school lunch to contain at least one portion of vegetable or salad and a portion of fruit.
An unprecedented coalition of scientists, companies, celebrities and organisations spanning the cultural and political spectrum have committed to slashing their carbon emissions as part of an ambitious campaign to tackle global warming.
The downward trend of air pollutants has continued, according to the latest figures from the European Environment Agency. The largest member states are still responsible for the most air pollution, with France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom contributing the highest amounts of emissions.
The NHS should discriminate against firms with poor green credentials when commissioning services, the director of its new sustainability taskforce demanded. David Pencheon, director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit (SDU), told HealthInvestor: "The NHS needs to send out a message that we will start to preferentially do business with organisations that can demonstrate their own commitment to sustainability and a low-carbon future."