Staff at trust encouraged to take part in Climate Week

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging staff members to take part in Climate Week 2012, to help reduce the carbon emissions of the trust.

Climate Week, Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, runs until March 18 and encourages people to make changes to create a sustainable future by providing practical solutions to help the environment.

Last year the trust reduced carbon emissions by 9 per cent as a result of increasing awareness and encouraging staff to use less energy by turning off lights when leaving a room, making sure radiators and heaters are set to the correct temperature and turning off monitors when not using computers.

This climate week it is hoped the Trust’s carbon emissions can be reduced by 10 per cent by using the same methods as last year, as well as engaging more staff to:

- walk to work.

- car share.

- turn down heating wherever possible.

- report any issues of over or under-heating to increase efficiency.

The week’s efforts will be measured by the estates and facilities department through energy smart meters.

Scott Darby, energy and environmental officer at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I’m hopeful we can make this Climate Week as successful as last year, and the trust has an ambitious target to reduce our carbon emissions by 10 per cent.

“I’ll be doing my part by walking to work all week and encouraging everyone I see this week to do a little bit more to reduce energy used across the trust”.

More information on Climate Week can be found at www.climateweek.com.