Environment and Sustainability

Climate change is one of greatest threats to our health and well-being.

It has the potential to result in human suffering or loss of life due to extreme weather events, spread of infectious diseases, food and water shortages and an increased burden of disease.
As one of the largest employers in Gateshead, we have a key part to play in reducing carbon emissions and supporting the local community to achieve a sustainable system.

What is sustainable development?

Sustainable development aims to ensure the basic needs and quality of life for everyone are met both present and for future generations. Its underlying guiding principles are:

  • Ensuring a strong, healthy and just society
  • Living within environmental limits
  • Achieving a sustainable economy
  • Promoting good governance
  • Using sound science responsibly

The trust aims to integrate sustainable development into the work we undertake in management and delivery of our healthcare services. This is instructed through our Sustainable Development Management Plan and used in conjunction with our core business strategic plans. The plan demonstrates the actions required to reduce our carbon emissions in line with national targets.

Our Sustainable Development Management Plan

The main key focuses of our strategy include:

  • Energy and Carbon Management
  • Waste
  • Transport and Green Travel
  • Water
  • Governance and commitment
  • Organisational and workforce Development
  • Partnerships and networks

These key areas have formed our action plan which is reviewed annually so we can continually monitor and review our progress in reducing emissions and meeting both national and internal targets.

There is an organisational acknowledgement that we need to be seen as a ‘good corporate citizen’ and as a result we are constantly striving to improve and look for innovative ideas that will help reduce our carbon emissions year on year.

We work in numerous areas to improve sustainability. You can click on the links to below to find out more about what we're doing in those areas:

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