The NHS announced last month that it has launched a new strategy, in order to embed social and environmental sustainability within the health care system.
The health service worked with several partners, including Public Health England, the social care system and local government, in order to develop the plan. It outlines the vision for a sustainable health and care system by reducing carbon emissions, protecting natural resources, preparing communities for extreme weather events and promoting healthy lifestyles and environments.
This joint strategy was developed in response to the identified challenge of providing “high-quality care now and for future generations within available financial, social and environmental resources.” Due to its work with Chesterfield Hospital,energy monitoring specialist BG Energy Solutions is pleased to see sustainability identified as a key concern for the whole health service.
Duncan Biggins, Managing Director at the lighting controls expert says: “It is impressive to see that the NHS and its partners have recognised the environmental challenges that face them. We’re especially glad to see that energy management is forming part of their actions.”
He adds: “Our work with Chesterfield demonstrates how effective the installation of energy-efficient building management systems can be in saving energy and reducing costs. We hope to see more hospitals achieving these savings and strengthening their resilience to rising energy prices.”