Our Green Plan

Addressing environmental issues and acknowledging the climate and ecological emergency has become an area of urgent focus. In 2020 our shareholder declared a Climate Emergency and has followed this up with a Green Plan which sets out a series of ambitions aimed at reducing the impact of the
Group’s activities on the environment.

In our Green Plan we have committed to:

As part of our the delivery of our Green Plan here are some of the changes we have made so far:-

  • Piloting the use of full electric and plug-in hybrid vans in the Estates Team.
  • Offering a home EV charge point as part of the lease car scheme to encourage the switch to low carbon vehicles.
  • Installing additional EV charge points at our sites.
  • Swapping plastic straws, cutlery and coffee cups in cafes for eco-friendly alternatives.
  • Promoting “bring your own container” for takeout food and hot drinks in cafes.
  • Rolling out a mixed recycling scheme to community sites as well as main hospital sites.
  • Managing the Warpit surplus equipment reuse system which has saved over £250,000 in 4 years.
  • Purchased 100% green electricity.
  • Retro-fitting low carbon heat pumps at Monkwearmouth Hospital as part of heating system upgrade.
  • Planting 1,000 trees in April 2021 as part of the NHS Forest project.

Latest News

How We're Working to Stop Food Waste

We’re cutting food waste with the help of a new system which had been developed by our very own in-house tech-wizard!

Cutting Single Use Plastics in our Cafés

The work to reduce single use plastics contributes to our Green Plan and our work to tackle the climate emergency.

Planting 1000 trees

Find out more about how we planted 1000 trees on our sites

Save Money and Save the Planet

Our sustainability team have shared tips with staff on how they can help save money and the environment but they are relevant to anyone who wants to do their bit.

No Mow May

We’re supporting the Plantlife campaign and encouraging everyone to get involved with NoMowMay and let wild plants get a head start on the summer.

Modern Cycle Facilities Installed at Benton House

The cycle facilities support the delivery of our Green Plan which focuses on becoming net zero by 2040.

Boost for Biodiversity at Hopewood Park

The grounds and gardens team at Hopewood Park have had a real focus on getting the site into top shape over the past year. Not only is it looking great for patients, staff and visitors but there’s been a boost to biodiversity too.

Our Carbon Reduction Plan

Supplier name: NTW Solutions Ltd

Publication date: 26th April 2023

Commitment to achieving Net Zero

NTW Solutions is committed to achieve net zero carbon emissions in line with the national NHS net zero targets, as set out in the ‘Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service’. This means for the emissions we control directly (our Carbon Footprint) our commitment is to be net zero by 2040, with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction by 2028 to 2032. For the emissions we can influence (our Carbon Footprint Plus), our target is net zero by 2045, with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction by 2036 to 2039.

 

Baseline Emmissions Footprint

Baseline emissions are a record of the greenhouse gases that have been produced in the past and were produced prior to the introduction of any strategies to reduce emissions. Baseline emissions are the reference point against which emissions reduction can be measured.

1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 is our baseline year. This includes data for scope 1 emissions from energy (293 tCO2) and travel (16 tCO2e) sources, and scope 2 emission from energy (132 tCO2e). Ongoing progress to develop data collection processes to monitor our scope 3 emission sources is being undertaken and will be reported in annual updates of this plan as data sets become available, adjusting our baseline (where possible) to enable a meaningful comparison between the reporting year and the baseline.  For the baseline year, scope 3 data is only currently available for waste (1.2 tCO2e) and grey fleet travel emissions (16.6 tCO2e).

Scope 1 – 309

Scope 2 – 132

Scope 3 – 18

Total Emmissions – 459

Current Emmissions Reporting

Reporting Year: 2022/23

1st April 2022 to 31st March 2023 is our current reporting year. This includes data for scope 1 emissions from energy (259 tCO2) and travel (111 tCO2e) sources, and scope 2 emission from energy (105 tCO2e). Ongoing progress to develop data collection processes to monitor our scope 3 emission sources is being undertaken and will be reported in annual updates of this plan as data sets become available. For the 2022/23 reporting year, scope 3 data is currently available for waste (1.6 tCO2e), grey fleet travel emissions (27 tCO2e) and employee commuting (438.6 tCO2e).

Scope 1 – 370

Scope 2 – 105

Scope 3 – 467

Total Emmissions – 942

Baseline Emmissions Footprint

Baseline emissions are a record of the greenhouse gases that have been produced in the past and were produced prior to the introduction of any strategies to reduce emissions. Baseline emissions are the reference point against which emissions reduction can be measured.

1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 is our baseline year. This includes data for scope 1 emissions from energy (293 tCO2) and travel (16 tCO2e) sources, and scope 2 emission from energy (132 tCO2e). Ongoing progress to develop data collection processes to monitor our scope 3 emission sources is being undertaken and will be reported in annual updates of this plan as data sets become available, adjusting our baseline (where possible) to enable a meaningful comparison between the reporting year and the baseline.  For the baseline year, scope 3 data is only currently available for waste (1.2 tCO2e) and grey fleet travel emissions (16.6 tCO2e).

Scope 1 – 309

Scope 2 – 132

Scope 3 – 18

Total Emmissions – 459

Current Emmissions Reporting

Reporting Year: 2022/23

1st April 2022 to 31st March 2023 is our current reporting year. This includes data for scope 1 emissions from energy (259 tCO2) and travel (111 tCO2e) sources, and scope 2 emission from energy (105 tCO2e). Ongoing progress to develop data collection processes to monitor our scope 3 emission sources is being undertaken and will be reported in annual updates of this plan as data sets become available. For the 2022/23 reporting year, scope 3 data is currently available for waste (1.6 tCO2e), grey fleet travel emissions (27 tCO2e) and employee commuting (438.6 tCO2e).

Scope 1 – 370

Scope 2 – 105

Scope 3 – 467

Total Emmissions – 942

Emissions reduction targets

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, our company emissions reductions targets align with national net zero carbon targets and the interim targets committed to in the joint CNTW/NTWS Green Plan.

Progress against our Carbon Footprint targets is shown in the graph and table below (combined data for NTWS and CNTW). Since the baseline year 2019/20, Carbon Footprint emissions have reduced by 837 tCO2e (7%).

NTW Solutions Ltd is undertaking further work to developing monitoring capacity and targets specifically attributable to our company boundary in addition to the above and will disclose these in future Carbon Reduction Plans.

Carbon Reduction Projects

Completed Carbon Reduction Initiatives

The following environmental management measures and sustainability improvement projects have been implemented since the 2019/20 baseline. The carbon emission reduction achieved by these schemes equate to 837 tCO2e, a 7% reduction. The measures will be in effect when performing the contract.

  • We launched our official Green Plan in 2020, setting clear targets and commitments to improve the sustainability of the Trust and our company, including setting our ambitions to achieve net zero carbon emissions.
  • We are replacing older heating systems with air source heat pumps and continuing to upgrade buildings to LED motion sensor lighting.
  • We have installed 56 new electric charging stations.
  • Implemented a new printing system which has so far prevented more than 800,000 pages (around 65 trees’ worth) from being printed unnecessarily.
  • Incentive scheme for staff to lease electric vehicles and install home chargers.
  • Bike schemes open to all staff and increased mileage rates for business use.
  • All energy purchased is 100% renewable.
  • 49% of all company vehicles are electric or hybrid vehicles.
  • Adopted more flexible working arrangements and rolled out technology to reduce the need for travel.
  • Encouraged car sharing and the use of pool vehicles.
  • Solar Panels have been installed on several buildings and plans to extend these continue to be implemented.
  • Embarked on a tree-planting programme with the support of the NHS Forest scheme.
  • Achieved a 70% reduction in single-use plastic in cafes.
  • Increased recycling facilities.

As set out in our Company Strategy, we have committed to continue to implement further sustainability improvements in future, specifically:

Reducing our carbon emissions

  • We will develop a travel and transport policy to support sustainable travel and transport options, including a review of the vehicles we use for carrying out company business and increase the number of electric vehicles in the fleet. This will include undertaking an annual travel survey to measure changes in the ways that staff travel to and from work and for work and develop strategies to reduce the reliance on car travel and encourage walking and cycle use.
  • We will set targets that will aim to stop driving to attend meetings where alternatives such as TEAMS are available and appropriate to use.
  • We will develop and implement an energy efficiency awareness campaign designed to deliver a 5% reduction in energy consumption across the CNTW Group.
  • We will develop plans to reduce carbon emissions from the estate with a view to achieving net zero carbon.

Raise awareness among our staff of the impact of climate change

  • We will develop and deliver awareness campaigns amongst our staff on environmental and sustainability issues so they can contribute meaningfully to the climate challenge in the workplace, at home and across society as a whole.

Make the most of our green spaces encouraging biodiversity and connection with nature

  • We will work in partnership with ecology experts to develop an overarching Biodiversity Strategy that will help us to provide and manage greenspaces that promote biodiversity and encourage the use of outdoor space to assist in wellbeing.
  • We will work with our customer to enhance the green spaces to encourage biodiversity and reduce harm to the environment associated with our activities.

Minimise waste and inefficiency as much as possible

  • To reduce the use of single use plastics across the CNTW Group in line with the NHS Plastic Reduction Pledge and increase the provision of recycling bins across the organisation, implement TerraCycle schemes for various waste streams.
  • To work with suppliers to reduce unnecessary packaging materials and to increase recycling.

Ensure we consider the social and environmental impact of any decisions we make

  • To review the existing business case process to add social and environmental considerations, ensuring guidance is available.
  • To explore values-based procurement and identify opportunities to review the environmental and social impact of current supply chains.

Declaration and Sign Off

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been completed in accordance with PPN 06/21 and associated guidance and reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans.

Emissions have been reported and recorded in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the GHG Reporting Protocol corporate standard[1] and uses the appropriate Government emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas company reporting[2].

Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions have been reported in accordance with SECR requirements, and the required subset of Scope 3 emissions have been reported in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard[3].

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors (or equivalent management body).

[1]https://ghgprotocol.org/corporate-standard

[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-conversion-factors-for-company-reporting

[3]https://ghgprotocol.org/standards/scope-3-standard

Signed on behalf of the Supplier:

Managing Director

Date: 26th April 2023

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