World Environment Day 2016 – Why the healthcare sector has a key role to play in the fight against climate change
mydentist has put together a press release which discusses why the healthcare sector has a key role to play in the fight against climate change. They’ve also highlighted their recent efforts to greenproof their own operations.
mydentist calls for the healthcare industry to keep driving eco-friendly changes
United Nations set to hold its ‘World Environment Day’ awareness-raising event on June 5th
NHS has reduced its emissions by 11% since 2007
mydentist highlights recent efforts to greenproof its own operations
The healthcare industry – which spends more than £400 million a year on energy – must continue to lead the charge in the global fight against climate change.
This is according to Charlotte May, who heads up the Environmental Committee for Europe’s leading dental provider, mydentist.
As we prepare to mark ‘World Environment Day’ on June 5th – an initiative created by the United Nations to raise awareness of global environmental issues – Charlotte highlighted some of the steps that mydentist has taken to “greenproof” its operations.
The company has…
- Installed technology to allow policy documents, business results and strategy to be accessed and shared electronically rather than by hard copy.
- Provided CoSHH training to all practice managers which includes disposing of chemicals correctly (thus reducing chemicals in the water supply).
- Introduced a paperless recruitment process – all CVs, candidate interviews and offers are sent electronically to further reduce the use of paper.
- Worked with its energy supplier to ensure that more than one-third of the power used across its 680+ practices is generated from nuclear and renewable sources.
- Tailored an agreement with a clinical waste management company that means practices are charged for the actual amount of waste that they generate (rather than a flat monthly fee). This puts the onus on each practice to save money by improving their own waste management processes.
- Sourced refurbished IT equipment and updated its own equipment to be re-used across the business reducing its carbon footprint, extending the products’ life cycle and reducing waste.
Healthcare continues to be an energy-intensive industry, but major efforts are being made to reduce the sector’s impact on the environment – and it seems that progress is being made.
Statistics from the Sustainable Development Unit showed that, as of 2015, healthcare accounted for 39% of public sector emissions in England (26.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent). Further data – published in January 2016 – confirmed that the NHS slashed its carbon emissions by 11% between 2007 and 2015.
Charlotte said that although things appear to be moving in the right direction, more needs to be done if the UK is to hit its ambitious target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 (based on 1990 levels).
“Everyone has their part to play in driving eco-friendly improvements, and it’s encouraging to see healthcare organisations leading the charge. That being said, it’s crucial that the industry doesn’t rest on its laurels. There’s still a lot of work to do,” she commented.
“At mydentist, our key focus is ‘Reduce, Reuse & Recycle’ and we’ve been proactively seeking to reduce our own carbon footprint. Our overall aim is to embed a ‘green culture’ across the business, and we’ll continue to work with everyone to ensure we’re operating as efficiently as possible.
“This means reassessing the way we travel, how we recycle, where we can be using less energy and how we can alter our day-to-day behaviour to ensure that being green is second nature to us. More specifically, we are currently looking at ways of reducing waste and improving efficiencies in practices, particularly in relation to utilities.”
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- mydentist is a new brand in dentistry. It delivers an honest, innovative service which understands the needs of its patients.
- It is part of Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH), Europe’s largest dental corporate company with more than 680 practices and over 6,600 employees in the UK.
- An SMS survey of mydentist patients in March 2016 revealed 91.8 per cent would recommend mydentist to family and friends – sample size 16,033.
- The group has over eight million patients and is the largest provider of NHS and private dentistry in the UK.
- In 2015 mydentist was awarded gold and platinum RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards in recognition of the company’s commitment to continuously improving accident and ill-health prevention at work for the benefit of its patients and workforce. The company won gold in 2016.
- It is committed to providing the latest treatments and helping the nation improve its oral health.
- The group philosophy is a blueprint for the future of UK dental care: sharing a genuine focus on delivering the very highest standards of clinical excellence and patient satisfaction.
- It has a staff Training Academy including a new state-of-the-art practice in central Manchester where clinical teams can train and develop. All clinicians are supported by clinical directors who ensure that training, development and compliance of the clinical teams is among the best in the industry.
 Statistics provided by Carbon Trust