Carbon footprint reduction for Norfolk NHS Trust

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Health chiefs have helped to slash their carbon footprint by more than a fifth in six years.

Norfolk’s Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) has achieved a 21 per cent cut in carbon and already met its 2020 sustainability target.

All UK public sector organisations have been given a target to achieve a 15 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by the 2020.

The trust’s Sustainable Development and Carbon Management Report for 2014/15 shows that it is now seven per cent ahead of the 2020 target.

The NHS Trust, which employs 3,000 staff who provide community health service to more than a million people across Norfolk and Suffolk, has focused on improved waste management and travel to help reduce its carbon footprint.

The trust now recycles 46 per cent of its waste and reduces the amount sent to landfill. Next year’s target is for 55 per cent of waste to be recycled.It has launched a new e-learning tool for staff.

irector of Strategy and Transformation Paul Cracknell said: “As a local NHS organisation we take our wider responsibilities to the communities we serve very seriously.”