NHS trust makes carbon reduction

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A local health trust has achieved a 15 per cent reduction in carbon emissions in the past year – putting it on target to meet its 2017 target.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of community, mental health and learning disability services to the people across the Wakefield district.

It has a target to reduce its carbon emissions by 18 per cent by 2017, and in 2012-13 has achieved the 15 per cent reduction through measures including, replacing old windows, increased insulation, energy efficient lighting and new boilers.

Dawn Stephenson, director of corporate development and sustainability, said: “In these economically challenging times it is important we focus the resources we have on providing the very best quality of services.

“It is therefore important for us to take action to reduce our use of resources and carbon emissions, at the same time as supporting our service users and communities to live in a sustainable way.

“By saving money on energy and resources we can put it to good use in patient care, while making a positive contribution to the environment by lowering emissions.”