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Our Action 50

CUH has created a plan that details 50 distinct actions across three strategic themes: reducing emissions, saving resources and working together. They have been grouped into four action sets that reflect their collective roles on our journey towards net-zero/zero-waste.

Taking Action

The 50 specific actions will deliver our immediate objectives of organisational engagement and a 10% carbon reduction by 2024 and are essential to ensuring early momentum in achieving our medium-term 50% carbon reduction milestone by 2032 and then continuing to net-zero by 2045. The coverage of the 50 detailed actions in the plan is laid out in the bullet points below.

Reducing emissions
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Progressively cutting the carbon emissions that we have direct control over.

In our buildings services we will:

  • Reduce energy use intensity through maintenance upgrade programmes.
  • Install photovoltaic solar panels wherever we can.
  • Review the set-points of all our building services to ensure they are not on unnecessarily.
  • Follow the NHS net-zero standard for our new builds and major refurbishments.

In our transport and travel we will:

  • Electrify our CUH vehicle fleet and support staff purchase of electric vehicles.
  • Amend our expenses policy in favour of low-carbon travel.
  • Upgrade our cycle parking capacity.
  • Support public transport and active travel routes to and from our premises.
  • Provide telemedicine services and remote access technology to reduce travel to site.

In our clinical practice we will:

  • Reduce our nitrous oxide emissions by 50%.
  • Reduce our desflurane use to less than 5% of volatile gases used in surgery.
  • Prescribe lower carbon inhalers where possible and collect used items.
Saving resources
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Creating value and cutting carbon in how we purchase, use and throwaway.

To increase reuse-repair-recycle options we will:

  • Specify goods to be reusable, repairable and recyclable wherever possible.
  • Expand on-site reuse, repair and recycling facilities.
  • Continue to develop waste bin infrastructure to extend recycling rates.
  • Set an expectation that suppliers match our net-zero/zero-waste objectives.

To lower the carbon footprint of our purchased items we will:

  • Reduce our consumption of single-use plastics (especially PPE and in catering).
  • Reduce paper consumption and maximise recycled content.
  • Secure electricity supplies from very low-carbon sources.
  • Bring forward the longer-term storage of carbon in materials and tree cover.

In avoiding emissions within our supply chains we will:

Working together
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Responding to responsibility across our CUH family and local community.

In our engagement with staff and stakeholders we will:

  • Provide extensive carbon literacy training and support
  • Incorporate net-zero/zero-waste content in all relevant policies and procedures.
  • Include net-zero/zero-waste engagement in new starter, new manager and appraisal processes.
  • Roll-out net-zero/zero-waste tools for small teams alongside development of a more formal Think Green Champions Network.

In how we provide leadership and accountability we will:

  • Deliver a ‘say’ and ‘do’ approach with management accountability.
  • Become a net-zero/zero-waste anchor institution and ICS leader.
  • Support ill-health prevention in the local community we serve.
  • Bring together collective capabilities across the campus, local council, universities and research centres.

For detailed information on 50 specific actions over the four action sets, please refer to Part 4 of our Action 50 Green Plan Executive Plan (opens in a new tab).

The governance and reporting regime, detailed in the Action 50 Green Plan will hold the organisation to account and ensure the objectives are managed and secured.

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