To support the Ramsay Health Care corporate directions on the environment and sustainable development, John Flynn Private Hospital has created the Green Team Committee. This committee's charter is to promote awareness and resource efficiency to staff through the provision of practical advice and usage targets and achievements. We are also seeking input from the JFH community on campus as to how we can focus our efforts to achieve efficiencies/reductions in:
- Water usage
- Waste disposal
Due to our combined efforts we have achieved
- 8% decrease in waste costs
- Increase in recycled materials
- Increase in savings on lighting due to LED lighting & turning unused equipment/lighting off
- Savings on electricity due to VSD installation & management of chiller cycling
- Water saving system installed on sterilisers
Electricity usage stats have shown a slight decrease which is a good outcome, considering increasing bed numbers.
With the same aims and objectives we hope to continue:
- to create a more environmentally friendly Hospital by reducing energy, water usage & waste.
- to analyse main initiatives put forward from any departments, areas or staff members.
- 2014 to get the electricity kilowatt hours under 1million per month.
What is Sustainable Development?
These words derive from the fact that current practice, in the use of resources and impact on the environment, is not sustainable – if we keep on as we are, we will run out of some critical needs like water or energy. And if we don't run out, we will irretrievably damage the planet from disposing of the by-products. Yet much of our current consumption is absolutely wasted, even more could result in the same benefit for less consumption (that is could be used more efficiently), while some we will just have to learn to live without. Sustainable Development is therefore about moderating our use of non-renewable resources by being smarter and more efficient, and minimising the consequences (such as Greenhouse Gases), to a level that can continue indefinitely.
What is the Government doing?
There is an increasing regulatory structure in place to monitor, support and require efficiencies in use of resources, particularly water and all forms of energy, and reduction of consequences such as emission of Greenhouse Gases. Because of the size of Ramsay Health Care, we are among the first organisations required to meet these targets.
What is Ramsay Health Care doing?
We recognise the cost advantages of being more efficient, the need to fully cooperate and comply with Government requirements, and the need to meet our Corporate Social Responsibilities to the community that supports us, by doing our part in changing to Sustainable Development. While dire predictions of what it will be like in 2050 suggest the timescales to change are long, the changes required are also extensive, and the sooner society (and Ramsay) get to work on making our processes sustainable, the less damage we will do, and the less impact when we hit the wall. Ramsay Health Care has set the Environment and Sustainable Development up as a priority issue, and is resourcing the expertise and capital to make the investment in our future as quickly as possible.