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Change in travel behaviour leads to Gold Award for Trust

A BIG thank you has been given to staff across Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals, who have helped to slash the carbon footprint of the Trust by changing their travel behaviour.

People who have swapped single occupancy car journeys to jumping on the shuttle bus, taking a pool car, using video conferencing and even pedal power have driven down the carbon emission footprint from 673,393kg in 2009/10to 561,905kg in 2010/11.

Jug Johal, Trust Head of Transport, Car Parking and Security, said: “I want to say a very big thank you to all of the staff across the organisation who have changed their travel behaviour and in doing so have helped the local environment.”

The excellent results have been recognised with the Trust achieving a Gold Level Award from the Energy Saving Trust, as part of its Motorvate scheme.

Jug said: “We have been working closely with the Energy Saving Trust in looking at ways of reducing our carbon footprint in terms of transport.

“Transport is continually coming to all three of our hospital sites and it is important, that as part of the local communities we serve, we look to drive down our carbon footprint for the long term benefit of the environment.”

This scheme looked at Trust transport vehicles – vans, pool cars, lease cars and grey fleet.

“The Trust has proactively been working on its green credentials for a number of years now so it is a great result to achieve a Gold Level Award as it shows the actions taken are having a positive effect,” said Jug.
He added: “As well as saving on the carbon footprint, the trust travel expenditure has reduced from £981,000 in 2009/10 to £746,000 in 2010/11 saving a staggering £235,000.”

Some of the initiatives taken in transport to positively affect the environment include:

  • Introduction of a staff cross site shuttle bus service which runs between Grimsby and Scunthorpe
  • Implementation of “Environmental Enhancements” in the lease car policy that reduce costs to the employee when a low CO² emitting car is chosen and increases costs to the employee if a higher CO² car is chosen
  • Increasing the number of “small engined” pool cars
  • Cycle to work scheme.

Motorvate, is the Energy Savings Trust’s certification scheme to support, recognise and reward organisations that are working hard to reduce carbon emissions. There are three levels of awards – bronze, silver and gold.

The Trust achieved Silver Level Award in February 2011.