What KGH is doing to cut its carbon footprint

Dr Mabel Blades, public governor for East Northamptonshire, writes about green issues

Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, 4:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, 4:08 pm
Dr Mabel Blades, public governor for East Northamptonshire, writes about green issues at Kettering General Hospital

I have always been interested in environmental issues and asked if we could have a presentation on the carbon footprint of the hospital at one of the council of governor meetings.

At the September meeting we had a fantastic presentation on what the hospital was doing and included comprehensive information.

KGH has already taken forward numerous initiatives particularly on reducing energy use and is examining a new energy centre as well as items like the use of solar panels on the roof and moving to LED lighting.

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Recycling had increased by about seven per cent and this was due to more bins being available.

Catering (which is close to my heart at a dietitian) had ceased single use plastics. Chefs had worked on initiatives and reduced food waste by about 10 per cent while maintaining a system of cooking food in house.

There is a sustainability lead appointed at Northampton hospital and with the two hospitals working together there should be more opportunities for collaboration of ideas.

I was pleased to hear what was happening and feel that as it is being done quietly most people do not know about it. Certainly I will be asking for another update in a year.