Spire Healthcare wins ‘Best Carbon Saving Programme’ award

February 2010

Spire Healthcare has won ‘Best Carbon Saving Programme’ at the recent CIBSE Low Carbon Performance Awards, beating tough competition from the Natural History Museum, BDP and Transport for London. The award was presented to the organisation whose carbon saving programme was judged to deliver the best ongoing carbon saving performance.

During September 2009 a programme of carbon saving intiatives was put together at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, and involved Spire Healthcare's first ‘Energy Awareness Week’. The various events put carbon reduction in the spotlight by bringing together experts, suppliers and installers to explore the benefits of various technologies used in carbon reduction.

During the Energy Awareness Week a number of VIPs, including the local councillor for sustainability, were invited to Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital for a behind-the-scenes energy tour. A departmental carbon challenge was won by the hospital kitchen team for their great effort in producing a ‘Low Carbon Menu', based on food produced locally to reduce food miles. Another highlight of the campaign was a competition run with the local Penshurst Primary School where the children were asked to design low carbon awareness posters for the hospital.

In 2009 Spire Healthcare committed itself to the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) “100 Hours of Carbon Clean up Campaign” and is proud to have won the ‘Best Carbon Saving Programme’ award through its active energy champions at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital. Their efforts have highlighted the importance of staff awareness and engagement in carbon reduction and show what can be achieved with good communications and teams of keen energy champions!

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