Our combined heat and power (CHP) engines generate electricity and heat at both hospitals. Installed in 2009, each year the units produce enough electricity to meet half of our energy needs, reduce the carbon dioxide emissions we produce by over 11,000 tonnes (the equivalent of the City of Liverpool’s carbon output for a week) and save us nearly £2 million in energy costs.
Transport and air quality
We are actively committed to reducing emissions and particulate matter, limiting and mitigating exposure to poor air quality and ensuring our staff can stay fit and active. To help tackle the air pollution issue in London we:
run two anti-idling campaigns every year to encourage stakeholders to turn off their engines when stationary at our hospitals. In 2017, we engaged with more than 60 external drivers and with our ambulance drivers to stop this
work in partnership with Better Bankside and Team London Bridge, are members of the Lambeth Air Quality Action Plan Steering Group and work with with King's College London and Southward Council to find local solutions to tackle air pollution
encourage our staff, patients and visitors to walk or cycle to and from our sites or take public transport to reduce local air and noise pollution. For more information about travelling to our hospitals and community locations see Getting here.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ has an award winning partnership with our waste contractor Bywaters, and the Trust is a leading light in embedding waste elimination and minimisation.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ is the first NHS Trust in the UK to introduce a weigh-bridge at our sites to accurately measure waste generated through our services. A departmental tagging system has also been introduced so departments can track their waste generation and recycling rates. This also allows the waste team to ensure that any areas of non-compliance can be quickly addressed.
Recent success includes:
- zero waste to landfill
- 30% saving in waste costs
- generating power from all our residual waste for 150,000 London homes
- 80% reduction in clinical waste
- recycling more than 60 tonnes of waste each month
- generating compost from food waste
- producing biofuel used in local generation and London black cabs from used cooking oil
- repairing and re-using furniture, which saves over £150,000 each year
- donating redundant hospital equipment to hospitals in need.
We are working with procurement, NHS Supply Chain, the British Medical Association (BMA) and students from King’s College London to take action against child labour and unethical practices in the supply chain, and establish fairer and sustainable standards for procurement of medical instruments.
Since April 2016, we have run an award-winning programme called SAVE to engage staff with sustainability. It’s an opportunity to make a difference by encouraging positive behaviour and changing every day work culture while reducing energy, water, waste and procurement expenditure.