Sustainability - Go Zero Carbon

Let's create a sustainable environment together

Go Zero Carbon is the work we do as an organisation to implement the environmental sustainability/pūmoutanga framework to achieve our ‘zero-carbon by 2050 and zero waste by 2040’ goals. It encompasses two climate change responses:

  • how we affect climate change by reducing our carbon footprint (mitigation); and
  • how climate change affects us and how we respond (adaptation)

These goals (and the work required to achieve them) are mandated by national and international law, as well as the Ministry of Health (MoH). They are supported by Taranaki DHB Board, Executive Management and hospital leadership teams.

There’s plenty of work to be done to achieve our 2040 and 2050 goals, however we have plans and strategies in place and we look forward to working with staff and the community to achieve this.

How will we get to zero carbon by 2050?

Everything we do creates carbon emissions which impact on our environment and the health of the Taranaki community. These carbon emissions are broken down in to six key focus areas:

We'll reduce carbon emissions produced through food and water by:

  • Promoting low carbon-emission food, e.g. fruit and vegetables
  • Buying local produce
  • Healthy eating

We'll reduce carbon emissions produced through procurement processes by:

  • Purchasing goods with low environmental impact throughout their life cycle
  • Supporting suppliers with zero carbon, zero landfill waste, and sustainability policies and strategies that show innovation in sustainability and are equity focused
  • Supporting local suppliers.

We'll reduce carbon emissions produced through waste by:

  • Reducing landfill waste by including the 6 Rs with our decisions (reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink, refuse, and repair).
  • Identifying our waste, providing appropriate recycling bins, and mapping waste stations.
  • Implementing a waste stream process and have a designated waste collector.
  • Increasing staff awareness by providing training programmes.
  • Composting our organic waste (food scraps, biodegradable hand towels, paper cups).

We'll reduce carbon emissions produced in existing and new builds by:

  • Implementing sustainable procurement of construction materials.
  • Incorporating sustainability (Green Star performance rating, NABERSNZ, etc.) with building design and redevelopment projects (e.g. Project Maunga).
  • Adding sustainability measures to existing buildings, e.g. energy efficiency, use of sustainable building materials, promoting indoor environmental quality, preserving existing ecosystem.

See how we're incorporating sustainability as part of Project Maunga Stage Two

We'll reduce carbon emissions produced through transport by:

  • Increasing the use of efficient and low-carbon emission transportation (hybrid and electric vehicles or hydrogen-fuelled cars).
  • Promoting the use of active (walking and cycling), public and shared (carpooling, shuttle bus) transport.
  • Implementing sustainable and equitable travel initiatives for staff, patients and visitors
  • Promoting flexible working arrangements.

We'll reduce carbon emissions produced through energy use by:

  • Transitioning to renewable sources of electricity, e.g. solar panels.
  • Increase energy efficiency, reduce overall energy use and enable use of onsite renewable energy sources.
  • Increasing the use of smart-metering and other innovative and efficient uses of electricity.
  • Promoting behavioural changes, e.g. switching off lights, unplugging electronics, etc.

Measuring our success

Taranaki DHB has now registered for annual Toitū carbonreduce certification, which provides a system to accurately measure and reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of our organisation, and certification as proof that we are continuing to do so.

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Last updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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