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Recommendations listed in the report would provide crucial stepping stones to allow the NHS to achieve the £22bn energy efficiency savings target outlined in the Five Year Forward View

NHS revamp offers £400m windfall and vast emissions reductions

A new online tool could save the NHS more than £400m while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions by one million tonnes each year by 2020 and providing health benefits to patients, research from a new report has suggested.

Large revealed that the Catalyst programme is seeking 10 organisations to sign up, offering to bring in 50 “champions” each, in order to establish an initial network of 500 champions

Global Action Plan launches new platform to motivate sustainable champions

EXCLUSIVE: Independent charity Global Action Plan (GAP) announced on Wednesday (18 May) at edie Live that it is launching a new Catalyst initiative aimed at creating a network of sustainability champions that can motivate one another to mobilise the workforce.

All NHS facilities, including NHS Lothian in Edinburgh which is close to the National Monument, are signed up to Warp-it

Scotland 'well-prepared' to embrace disruptive circular economy business models

EXCLUSIVE: The willingness of Scotland's universities, councils and health services to embrace new initiatives based on circular economy principles has allowed disruptive innovators to gain a foothold in the UK market and expand their business.

Up to 8% of health care buildings in England are currently operating in flood risk zones

Government urged to prepare health systems against 'devastating' climate change effects

UK health services are currently unprepared for the potentially 'devastating' risks posed by climate change, a new coalition of leading health institutions has warned.

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NHS Trust to save £1.9m a year with energy efficiency upgrade

Salford Royal Hospital in Greater Manchester is expected to slash £1.9m from its annual energy bill thanks to a new efficiency programme part-funded by the Green Investment Bank (GIB).

The multi-million-pound investment will see the construction of an energy centre at Ninewells Hospital

Aviva bankrolls £15m NHS energy centre in Dundee

Asset management firm Aviva Investors has announced a new £15.4m commitment - partly funded by the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) - to create a new energy efficiency programme and centre at NHS Tayside in Dundee.

More than 500 suppliers have been asked to join the network, which GSK expects to cut value chain emissions by 25% by 2020

GSK to slash emissions by 25% with new supplier exchange

Global chemicals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has set up a new information exchange for its suppliers to share best practice on energy efficiency and reducing environmental impacts.

Hospital furniture refurbishment and reuse waste could drive significant savings in disposal costs and avoided procurement costs

Circular thinking - a miracle cure for NHS waste management?

Britain's healthcare system has historically had a poor track-record in waste management and recycling. But things are beginning to change, with several NHS Trusts now adopting more circular business models, as Maxine Perella finds out.

Businesses and sustainability leaders urge a period of stable policy for a low-carbon future

Economy needs 'stable policies' to secure low-carbon future, says Aldersgate report

A new report from the Aldersgate Group has brought together voices from the economy, academia and civil society to spell out key priorities for meeting carbon targets.

Recycling firm Viridor has secured a contract to process and treat waste and recycling for three NHS Trusts in Devon

NHS Trusts make new recycling commitment

Recycling firm Viridor has secured a five-year contract to process and treat waste and recycling for three NHS Trusts in Devon.

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Hospital set for £80m saving with decentralised energy

One of the UK's largest NHS hospitals is set to save more than £80m over the next 25 years with the opening of a new decentralised energy centre.

RCN urges healthcare organisations to use new guidance

Healthcare sector urged to strengthen staff training on waste management

Healthcare organisations need to strengthen staff training on waste management in order to reduce their impact on the environment and reduce costs, according to new guidance issued by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

NHS sites across England, including hospitals, spent more than £630m on energy in 2012-13

UK GIB to launch new NHS energy efficiency financing programme in April

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) will be launching a new NHS energy efficiency financing programme next month, which aims to help Trusts and Health Boards bolster their budgets by implementing energy efficiency measures.

New report on helping hospitals to manage food waste

Scottish hospitals to benefit from food waste collaboration, report suggests

Scottish hospitals could benefit from increased co-operation in how they manage food waste, according to a new report produced by Resource Efficient Scotland.

At Arrowe Park Hospital, a 1710kW CHP system will displace up to 70% of the site's electrical and thermal demands

NHS Trust uses funding to modernise energy infrastructure

Two NHS Trust hospitals are receiving a "green makeover" that will see both of the sites energy infrastructures modernised through a number of efficiency initiatives and technologies.

NHS trusts encouraged to work towards best practice in waste compliance

Large healthcare producers are set to benefit from new guidance on waste auditing issued today, which should bring carbon benefits as well as ensure tighter compliance with legislation.

Kimberly-Clark takes a 'hand in glove' approach to recycling

Kimberly-Clark Professional is embarking on worldwide programme to recycle single-use cleanroom and laboratory gloves.

NHS launches sustainability strategy to help save £1bn

A new sustainable development strategy has been launched to help towards the £1bn of savings needed across the NHS supply chain by 2016.

NHS staff want hospitals to engage and educate on recycling

NHS employees want more clearly signposted recycling facilities within their place of work and better communication on how to responsibly dispose of waste materials, new research has shown.

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Energy innovation centre to save Cambridge University Hospitals £30m

A new energy innovation centre which will deliver significant carbon and cost savings for Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) has received planning permission from the Council.

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London 'greenest city' in Europe

London is the greenest major city in Europe and the third greenest city of its size in the world, according to a report commissioned by the City of London Corporation.

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EXCLUSIVE: Less healthcare better for sustainable NHS, says director

The NHS Sustainable Development Unit director has said that an environmentally-conscious and sustainable public health service will provide less healthcare in the future.

Energy efficiency could save NHS £35m

The NHS could make savings of £35m if nurses, doctors and hospital staff are encouraged to turn off unused equipment, switch off lights, and close hospital doors.

DHL to 'drive better results' with carbon cutting truck design

Logistics company DHL has unveiled a prototype hybrid electric truck which it claims could reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 25%.

PHS builds on clinical waste portfolio with NHS win

PHS Wastemanagement has secured a five-year contract with NHS trusts in Lincolnshire to provide clinical waste services, significantly expanding its reach within the healthcare sector.

Clinical waste firm aims for zero waste to landfill

Clinical waste company SRCL has announced it is aiming to meet a zero waste to landfill target by the end of the year.

New innovation centre to save NHS £20m in energy costs

Funding has been secured for a new energy innovation centre for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which will save £20m in energy costs and 25,000 tonnes of CO2.

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Boris Johnson bids to boost market for London's small energy producers

Boris Johnson is bidding to enable the capital's small electricity producers to sell power to the market at a better rate.

Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister commends NHS for sustainability health check

The Prime Minister has praised the NHS for its efforts to make the service sustainable and is giving his support for the forthcoming NHS Sustainability Day.

NHS Wales closes loop on polythene packaging

NHS Wales has embarked on a closed loop recycling initiative to reuse polythene waste packaging generated within its supply chain.

The report claims residential homes accounted for around £505m in food costs generating around 622,250 tonnes of CO2 in 2008/09

NHS report reveals environmental impact of UK care homes

The residential care sector accounts for at least 3.4m tonnes of CO2 each year and almost £1.1bn in natural resource costs, according to an NHS report.

Tradebe strengthens clinical waste arm with Ecowaste purchase

Clinical waste specialist Ecowaste Southwest has been acquired by Tradebe for an undisclosed sum as part its strategy to broaden its environmental healthcare services.

Sister Karen Wall and SITA UK General Manager Steve Wake

Newcastle hospitals and SITA UK double recycling rate

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust saw its year- on-year recycling totals increase from 326 tonnes in 2010-11 to 710 tonnes in 2011-12 following a new partnership with recycling and resource management company SITA UK.

Climate change concerns fall off public radar

Public concern for issues such as climate change and energy security are dwindling, according to a report published today.

NHS sitting on waste-to-energy 'gold mine'

Hospitals could make significant savings in the future by tapping into the waste they produce to power their sites as part of a decentralised energy strategy.

NHS trust waste manager calls for radical change

The NHS must reduce its reliance on incineration and focus on better prevention techniques if it wants to get a tighter grip on waste management, a leading acute trust manager has said.

NHS faces new sustainability reporting mandate

NHS trusts will be required to produce annual sustainability reports as from this year under new laws announced by the Department of Health.

The new solar panels at Ikleston Hospital

Ikleston Hospital invests in solar to cut costs

An NHS community hospital in Derbyshire is taking action to reduce its carbon footprint and cut costs by installing more than 200 solar panels.

ADSM director Patrick McCart, London NHS Trust programme director Matthew Tully and environment manager Fiona Daly and WaterAid business development exec Pete Lamb

London NHS Trust cuts water usage by 30%

The London NHS Trust has reduced its water consumption by more than 30% - cutting more than 100m litres from its operations since 2009.

NHS and schools could save £228m a year on water and energy

The NHS and schools in England could reduce the amount of money spent on utilities by £228m a year by implementing energy and water saving measures.

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Warwick Hospital aims to cut costs using solar

Warwick Hospital has become the second hospital in the area to install solar panels, as part of a drive to cut its electricity bills and generate green energy.

Ready, steady BUILD

The UK housing sector faces unprecedented change, and the most ambitious sustainability targets in the world. Mike Scott reports on the challenges ahead

Medical equipment gets thorough physical

Designers of electrical medical equipment now must adhere to a new standard, ensuring eco-design principles are maintained. Where did it come from and what will it demand of the medical industry?
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One size fits all, or postcode lottery?

To maintain a fine record of improving service for customers and society, the water industry believes it must move on from one-size-fits-all regulation. Is this a realistic prospect given national expectations and a strong centralised system? Barrie Clarke investigates

Getting the message out

Sustainability reporting within the public sector is on the rise. And the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy wants to highlight its importance. Rhiannon Soper reports

Is your business taking its environmental impact seriously

With the Environment Agency's A Better Place? report still in mind, Brian Millsom looks at environmental and procurement interactions

Hard talk

When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.

Hard talk

When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.

Enter the dragon

As the Welsh Assembly brings in new environmental guidelines for NHS Trusts, Greg Roberts examines how the Green Dragon Standard aims to help

Quality is the key

EIC chairman Adrian Wilkes on the clash of environment and economic development

Boost to tap water quality

After two years of investing, Scotland's water has seen dramatic improvement

Health environments

The NHS has discovered the value of environmental reporting. Peter McCrum examines the benefits

E-licensing on-stream

The Environment Agency isues more than a million licences each year, ranging in scope from simple fishing permits to highly complex licences for industrial purposes. The principle, however, is the same. "E-licensing" is poised to cut through the regulatory red tape.

Environment industry suffers as UK science goes underfunded

Lack of investment in science and technology means the UK Government is failing to protect the environment, while allowing industry to slip behind in the race to develop new environmental products and processes.

UK Government appoints recycling guru to solve markets problem

The Executive Director of Waste Watch has been hired by the Government to spend three months identifying ways to build solid markets in recyclates.

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