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Eco Friendly NHS Staff Awarded for Reducing Carbon Footprint

November 26, 2012 8:21 PM

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Eco friendly NHS staff from Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership (RCHP) have picked up a prestigious NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman’s Award for coming up with innovative ways of reducing their carbon footprint.

They were presented with their award by Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil, at a special ceremony in Glasgow.

Thousands of pounds are being saved at Renfrew Health and Social Work Centre thanks to a new ecosmart approach by staff.

Jean Still, Head of Administration, at RCHP, and colleagues spotted a number of energy saving opportunities and are now enjoying recurring savings of nearly £7000.

Carbon emissions have been reduced by 15 per cent and the centre’s annual gas and electricity bills are down by more than 10 per cent.

NHSGGC Chairman, Andrew Robertson, said: “The team has shown real enthusiasm for coming up with ways to reduce their carbon footprint and deliver efficiencies. Their simple yet effective ideas are now being shared across the organisation and will help us to meet our ambitious target to reduce carbon emissions by at least 25 per cent by 2016. I applaud their work and encourage others across the organisation to follow their sterling example.”

Jean said: “We’ve achieved this with an investment of £813 and working together with the energy manager Sam Selwyn and Liz Cowie, operational support officer.

“We now have an eco friendly building thanks to using natural lighting to the maximum, better working conditions, extending the working life of plant and equipment and meeting the Scottish Government’s emissions target.”

Staff are being encouraged to take simple, practical steps by switching off lights in areas not in use and switching off their PCs, particularly at weekends.

Jean went on: “I see this approach as an opportunity to make savings which don’t impact on services and over the coming months I think we will be one of the most energy efficient buildings in the board area.

“We are now sharing what we have learned throughout NHSGGC.”

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For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected] 

Pic:  Jean Still, Sam Selwyn and Liz Cowie

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