Climate Change is the single biggest issue facing humanity. With a warming earth, rising water levels and increased incidence of extreme weather events leading to flooding, Cardiff is predicted to be impacted heavily as we move towards the end of the century. With the certain health impacts of a more extreme climate, the time to act has run out.
We’re pleased that Cardiff & Vale University Health Board has a strong track record of reducing our environmental footprint and thanks to Welsh Government funding through the Re:Fit programme, have a pipeline of projects planned to make further improvements, of which we plan to build on this and do more.
It is estimated that 4% of all the UK’s greenhouse gases are as a result of healthcare. Whilst we have passionate people who have been pioneering in the adoption of sustainable healthcare practices, we must look at all aspects of our operation as a health system and deliver improvements. Whether that is in reducing single use plastics used in clinical care or re-imagining our services in ways that positively impact our patients as well as the environment.
Our Health Board colleagues and Board are passionate about improving our impact on the environment so this plan builds on what has been achieved and we look forward to future iterations which set the goals and ambitions even higher.
Check out our Sustainability Action Plan which sets out what we’d like to achieve in the short term and act as a springboard to going further and faster as we develop our plans to realise our Shaping our Future Wellbeing aims and re-provide University Hospital of Wales. The action plan is necessarily broad and seeks to prove concepts in clinical care in particular, which can act as pathfinders for further advancement.
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board is an active entity continually improving. As a health board, we aim to exceed our responsibilities by delivering more than healthcare. We are always striving to be better. By continuing to make a difference not just for today, we hope to leave a lasting example for future generations to follow.
If you wish to contact the Sustainability Team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org