Producing our own energy
We have combined heat and power (CHP) engines which generate electricity and heat at both hospitals. Installed in 2009, the units were funded by the Department of Health's energy and sustainability fund.
Overall, each year the units:
produce enough electricity to meet half of our energy needs
reduce the CO2 emissions we produce by over 11,000 tonnes
save us nearly £2 million in energy costs
In 2012 and 2013, we worked with the Carbon Trust to develop a plan to further reduce the energy consumption of our hospitals, and have recently embarked on a programme of water savings, which we anticipate will deliver further water savings of up to 20 per cent.
Read our case study from the Carbon Trust (PDF 452Kb).
Mayor's award for improving cycle safety and security
In March 2013, we received an award for achieving stage 3 of the Mayor of London’s NHS Cycling Strategy.
This reflects our commitment to encouraging safe cycling and active travel. We run a cycle to work scheme, helping eligible staff to buy a bike tax free and offer support to those thinking about taking up cycling to work and for pleasure.
Our bicycle users’ group supports current and prospective bike users and creates a forum for sharing information. With the sustainability team, the group has:
arranged cycle safety awareness events where staff can sit in the driver's seat of a heavy goods vehicle to understand limited vision on the road
offered free 'how to' cycle maintenance courses for staff, as well as 'Dr Bike' sessions
provided free cycle registration events to improve the tracking of bikes
hosted 'Try a bike' events to encourage people to cycle
helped improve secure parking and shower facilities for staff cycling to work
produced a cycling manifesto for King's Health Partners.
Raising awareness - our Earthcare and Energy campaign
We have over 130 local staff environment representatives, helping to save energy and resources. This ranges from making suggestions about more sustainable ways of working, to reminding colleagues to switch equipment off when it's not in use.