Working Towards Zero Emissions

The first NHS Forth Valley Annual Climate Emergency and Sustainability report has been published on the website and shows good progress in a number of areas, including reducing our carbon footprint and tackling emissions from buildings.

It also summarises what was done in 2021/22 to tackle the climate emergency, together with an overview of 2022/23.

The Board’s carbon footprint shows a 36% reduction in emissions compared with the 2014/15 baseline and highlights ongoing work to improve measuring, monitoring
and data collection for emissions sources.

Other areas where progress are highlighted below:

  • Work is ongoing to improve the energy performance of Forth Valley Royal Hospital, which accounts for around half of the Board’s total energy consumption, and the ‘fabric first’ approach, which will see a significant sum of money invested to reduce emissions form buildings in the primary care estate.
  • The Green Theatres Project, which is led by theatre staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, has resulted in changes to how surgery is carried out and reduced environmental impacts. Great work has also been done by the team to reduce use of anaesthetic gases and inhaler propellants that contribute to our carbon footprint.
  • A wide variety of active travel initiatives have helped deliver health and wellbeing benefits to local staff, patients and the wider community.
  • Greenspace initiatives are being developed at the Stirling Health and Care Village. In addition to health benefits for patients and staff, investment in greenspace around local hospitals and healthcare centres helps tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.
  • Progress continues, in line with Scottish Government policy, to switch to electric vehicles and remove all petrol and diesel fuelled cars from our fleet by 2025.

You can read the full annual report here.