Silver Environmental Status for Southern Trust
05/12/2014The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has been awarded Silver Status for its contribution to the environment
The ARENA Network’s Benchmarking Survey is widely recognised as the principal measure of environmental engagement in Northern Ireland.Now in its 16th year, the survey is a key driver for corporate environmental management and improvement and is seen as a positive influencer to help organisations achieve a more sustainable way of doing business.
The survey aims to ensure that environmental issues are on the Board agenda of businesses and organisations throughout Northern Ireland and measures the extent to which they are managing and improving on environmental issues. To achieve its status, the Trust had to report on environmental activities on a number of areas including energy, transport, waste and water.
The Southern Trust’s Director of Performance and Reform, Paula Clarke said: “Benchmarking helps us to compare what we are doing and learn from other organisations and the Arena survey has been an important driver in improving standards in environmental management within the Trust. One of the Trust’s core objectives is to be a good social partner and our Sustainability Strategy highlights our commitment to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impact through Single Planet Living.
“Achieving Silver status is a testament to how our staff, led by our Estates team, are making every effort to reduce our carbon footprint without compromising patient and client care. We have made significant investment to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste generated and save water across our sites. Along with protecting the environment, we hope that our patients, clients and staff will greatly benefit from these measures. Not only are we creating more comfortable and energy efficient buildings but we are making financial savings that can be reinvested back into front line health and social care services.
“We look forward to participating in the survey next year and between now and then ask for the continued support from our 13,000 staff and the 360,000 people living in the Southern Trust area to help us ensure that we stay ahead in improving our environmental efficiency.”