28 September 2021
In the run-up to COP26, Spire Healthcare is, from 1 October, procuring all of its electricity from renewable sources.
The initiative is an important step towards fulfilling Spire’s commitment, announced earlier this year, to go carbon neutral by the end of 2030. Spire anticipates that procuring electricity from renewable sources will result in a 40% reduction in its carbon emissions.
Spire Healthcare has developed a comprehensive plan on how it will achieve net zero carbon emissions. This includes a range of other initiatives, which include:
- Replacing gas-powered boilers with more efficient equipment powered by electricity
- Replacing older lighting with LED lights which are between 50 and 60% more energy efficient
- Installing photo-voltaic solar panels on the roof at Spire Cardiff, with similar projects to follow at other Spire hospitals
- Use of electric vehicles as part of its fleet
- Improved insulation in its buildings
Spire has also appointed and trained a colleague from each of its 39 hospitals to become a carbon champion, with the aim of developing and promoting local initiatives for reducing carbon consumption.
Jitesh Sodha, Spire Healthcare’s Chief Financial Officer, who is sponsoring its environmental initiatives, said: “As a socially-responsible company, we are fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of our colleagues and reducing our impact on the planet.
“We believe we were the first provider in our sector to commit to go carbon neutral by 2030. Moving to obtain electricity from renewable sources is a key step towards meeting our goal.”