Sustainability Manager joins us to drive net zero work

Our first ever Sustainability Manager has joined us to help us accelerate our Green Plan and to support the national goal of making the NHS net zero by 2040.

Ellen Goodwin joins us from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, where she worked as Infrastructure Manager and Clean Growth Lead. She has a background in working for local authorities and strategic partnerships.

Ellen will be a key member of the Trust’s Sustainability Committee and will be working with the Sustainable Models of Care Working group and the Estates and Facilities Carbon Working Group to develop best practice and work with teams across the Trust to reduce our carbon footprint.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Trust as its first Sustainability Manager and will be supporting the Sustainability Committee and working groups to drive our Green Plan forward,” she said.

“There is a lot of enthusiasm within the organisation for sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint. I’m looking forward to working with teams across the Trust to build on and deliver economies of scale opportunities throughout the organisation as well as liaising with our partners.

“My role will ensure that capital investment takes account of the Green Plan, to reduce energy usage through efficiencies and develop a hospital estate for a changing climate.”

Our Green Plan includes a commitment to:

  • Introduce energy efficiency measures, and better our energy management
  • Increase usage of renewable energy
  • Decarbonise our hospital estate and our install more sustainable heat and power systems
  • Reduce single use plastic and introduce better waste segregation
  • Conservation and creation of further green spaces and biodiversity
  • Invest in electric car charging facilities
  • Convert Trust lease cars into ultra-low and zero emission vehicles
  • Increasing use of local suppliers and those with their own net zero plans as part of the NHS Supply Chain
  • Invest in active travel, car sharing, cycling infrastructure and increasing public transport links to benefit staff, patients and visitors
  • Increased use of digital technologies to improve quality and accessibility of healthcare
  • Trialling more sustainable initiatives with catering
  • Assess and increase climate resilience within the Estates, such as overheating within buildings.

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