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10 August 2012 | Adam Leach
NHS Supply Chain has reduced its environmental impact by working with suppliers on recycling and reducing the amount of packaging required for its products.
Sustainability Report 2011, published today revealed the company operated by DHL Deutsche Post, which manages NHS purchasing and supply, recycled 71 per cent of its waste - a total of 1,558 tonnes. The aim is now to increase the rate to 75 per cent.
As well as recycling the waste produced, it also worked with suppliers to cut the amount of material in its packaging supply chain, savings eight tonnes of carbon dioxide as a result. This will be extended next year by working with a broader scope of suppliers to further reduce packaging and deliver savings in material, freight and carbon. The organisation is also trialling a scheme where it uses an on-site mini-baler at its distribution centre in Rugby, enabling it to recycle cans, bottles and paper on site.
Colin Stuart, sustainable operations manager at NHS Supply Chain, said in a statement: “The procurement of goods and services accounts for around 60 per cent of all carbon emissions generated by the NHS. As a leading supplier to the NHS, NHS Supply Chain is in a unique position to help trusts rise to this challenge of reducing the carbon footprint of the NHS to secure a supply chain fit for the future.”
Other achievements over the last year included training 151 employees to use web conferencing in order to reduce the need to travel to meetings and promoting responsible business travel to reduce the amount of unnecessary meetings, saving in excess of £100,000. In 2012, it will train buyers how to measure and reduce CO2 usage.