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A Greener Care Home

Sustainable Care for People and the Planet

Dear DCHC member

Welcome to our new webpage.

In October we started a collaboration with the University of Plymouth. As part of the Low Carbon Devon project, we managed to recruit an intern, Thijs [Tice] Mostert, for a three month period. Having just completed his MA in Design, Thijs, during his role as an intern, will be working together with the collaborative to investigate ways to measure and ultimately reduce our carbon footprint.

Some of you may have already seen the survey that he has created with some of our members to gather some initial data regarding where we, as individual providers or managers of care homes, have made any changes or where we think changes can be made. If you have not seen the survey and you would like to share your ideas or experiences, please find the link to it here.

The aim of this initial data gathering was to formulate some questions to discuss during an online workshop that took place on Wednesday 10th November. During this webinar, we were able to share some ideas around what we can do right now to start making an impact on our carbon footprint:

This part of the DCHC website will provide useful resources and any relevant documentation will be posted as time progresses.

For now, we will start with some interesting links to what reduction in carbon footprint means for the care sector. It might be that you have some ideas of what the future of healthcare looks like, but it is also possible that you find it hard to imagine. We hope that some of these links may be of interest to you. If you would like to contact Thijs Mostert directly and have a conversation about this topic, he is always happy to arrange a time to have a chat. This can be a zoom call or a conversation over the phone. He can be contacted on 07717573687 or by email.

The muddy road to a net zero health system

Healthcare organisations face an exciting but uncertain future. In the face of the COVID-19 recovery, future health crises, the climate crisis, shifting models of care and increased digitalisation, generations of leaders will need to battle increasing levels of complexity alongside continuing uncertainty and make decisions quickly with incomplete information. Ultimately, however, they have less than 30 years to develop a net zero healthcare system that operates within a net zero economy. While this is daunting, it is also exciting and, if achieved, the future will be bright.

The future unmasked

What does the future hold for the life sciences and healthcare industry? Our latest predictions report looks ahead to the year 2025 to help you see what is coming and to keep your organisation moving forward.

Scope 1, 2 and 3 Emissions explained.

Since our core business as the DCHC is closely linked to that of the core business of the NHS it makes sense to link the changes we must make to the changes and targets the NHS has set itself. The timing for this could probably not have been any worse. In January 2020 the NHS launched the campaign ‘For a greener NHS’. In this campaign they announced their ambitious plan to become the world’s first 'net zero' national health service. Less than a week later the WHO declared COVID-19 a global health emergency. This has and still has a significant impact on our lives and on our businesses. With the arrival of the pandemic, we also saw that together, in a time of crisis, we can make changes happen much more quickly. Let us hold on to this hopeful and positive thought when we think about the difficult changes we face when it comes to reducing our carbon emissions.

Knowing where to start.

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol arose when the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) recognised the need for an international standard for corporate GHG accounting and reporting in the late 1990s.

This has led to the development of Scope 1, 2 and 3 Emissions. This means that by calculating these emissions a business can get a better picture of where their greenhouse gas emissions are largest and thus where to focus the energy to reduce these emissions.

In the following video made by Microsoft, Scope 1, 2 and 3 will be introduced in a simple manner:

There are many toolkits and calculators available online. As a Collaborative it will be useful to determine which one is most suitable to use for us. Regulations that are not yet in place may well help us to determine which ones we need to be using in the future.

Have a play by following the links below to see what may be involved in calculating your carbon footprint and what it means for your business.

The GHG has developed a Toolkit to help you understand Scope 1, 2 and 3 Emissions better and how to measure them.  This toolkit can be downloaded here.

The BRE group is an innovative group of researchers, scientists, engineers, and technicians who share a common goal – to make the built environment better for all. They provide a calculator for your buildings carbon footprint, which can be found here.

B- Lab has created a tool based on the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). This impact management tool is free and confidential and can be found here.

Watch this 15 minute video for some inspiration on how to think around achieving these 17 sustainable development goals:

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