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NHS GREATER GLASGOW STAFF IN ENVIRONMENT BUZZ

October 25, 2004 9:00 AM

15,000 NHS staff in Glasgow are being targeted in a major energy and environmental awareness campaign.

In a bid to reduce its impact on the environment, North Glasgow University Hospitals is launching the campaign with a series of staff roadshows across each one of its eight hospital sites.

Last year the organisation used so much energy that it created enough tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to fill 64,000 double decker buses, while water consumption was the equivalent of 11 million bathtubs!

Anne MacPherson, North Glasgow's Director of HR, said: "We have some of Scotland's largest hospitals, treating more than one million people every year 24-hours a day 365 days a year.  An organisation of this size uses a great deal of energy.  The campaign we are launching today aims to get people thinking about simple measures that can be used to reduce energy consumption and therefore reduce our impact on the environment. 

"With the help and support from key partners such as Scottish Water and the Carbon Trust who are also taking part in the roadshows, we will be demonstrating simple techniques that can be used at home and at work - which will have a positive impact on the way we use energy."

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Every employee will be given a leaflet packed full of useful information and advice to safely use energy more efficiently.  Posters and stickers are being put up throughout the hospitals at key points to remind staff to use energy wisely and every week electronic messages will be sent to staff with hints and tips on how they can help.

Peter Beveridge, Energy Efficiency Manager from Scottish Water said:  "As the fourth largest water provider in the UK, we take a proactive approach to protecting the environment wherever possible.  We provide around 715 million litres of water a day and we encourage all our customers to be water wise.

"We fully support North Glasgow University Hospital's initiative and the important contribution this makes towards meeting the Scottish Executive's public sector energy scheme.  Taking this proactive approach really is a win-win situation for customers and the environment and we encourage businesses of all sizes to do the same."   

Mrs MacPherson added: "Water, gas and electricity are key to delivering care to our patients, we recognise there is room for improvement in the way we use these resources, while in no way compromising the standards of care we provide. We all have a duty to play our part in helping the earth - I hope our campaign will help to change even the simplest of behaviours and make a difference to the environment around us."

John Stocks from the Carbon Trust said: "North Glasgow's campaign to reduce energy use is great news for the city.  Climate change is affecting all of us – and the easiest way of fighting it is through energy efficiency.  At the Carbon Trust we work with all organisations to help cut energy use and carbon emissions. We are delighted to be taking part in these roadshows which will inform, educate and support North Glasgow's 15,000 staff so they can be more aware of the environmental impact their actions have."


For further information please contact Emma Gregory on 0141 201 3964.

Notes to editor:


Images of Anne MacPherson in the boiler room at the Western Infirmary are available on request.

· North Glasgow Hospitals cover Glasgow Royal Infirmary (including the Princess Royal Maternity), The Western Infirmary, Gartnavel General Hospital, Stobhill Hospital, Lightburn Hospital, Blawarthill Hospital, Drumchapel Hospital and the Glasgow Dental Hospital and School.

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