03 January 2002 | David Arminas
The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (Pasa) has cut its electricity use by 21 per cent and gas by 17 per cent, according to the agency's first annual environmental report.
The report covers the first year of operation of Pasa, an executive agency of the Department of Health.
Areas included continuous improvement, monitoring of and improvement of suppliers' environmental activity, and consumption of utilities including water and waste management.
In its main Reading and Chester offices, Pasa recycled 45 per cent of waste, beating its target of 40 per cent.
But the report noted that the planned 5 per cent annual decrease in A4 paper consumption in the first year had been missed. Consumption actually rose by 8 per cent.
Pasa will re-evaluate the A4 target and prepare initiatives to regain lost ground and meet the target, according to Andy Davey, head of policy environment and risk management.
"We've invested in double-sided printers and IT equipment that sends faxes directly from computer terminals with no need to print them on paper," he said.
"The report represents a sound base for increased awareness by all employees of environmental issues. The mission is to integrate environmental management in all procurement activity."
Pasa is talking to NHS trusts about environmentally friendly buying and with suppliers about how they can improve their products and services to meet environmental concerns of the NHS.
The agency is one of only a dozen government bodies that is accredited with the environmental management system ISO 14001.
• The report is available on the Pasa website by clicking here