At Auckland DHB we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. By reducing our carbon footprint not only do we positively impact our organisation’s energy use and efficiency but we also impact the environment and the communities that we live and work in.

Listen to Ailsa Claire, CEO taking about sustainability at Auckland DHB(external link)

Our carbon footprint

At Auckland DHB we continuously look at innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint. To date we’ve reduced our carbon emissions by 28% since the start of the Certified Emissions Programme (CEMARS) in 2015. These savings are equivalent to:

  • Driving from Auckland to Wellington in a medium sized petrol engine car 193,586 times
  • Running a gas BBQ for 7,132,450 hours
    • 4,810 return economy flights from Auckland to London
    • Burning 12,381 tonnes of coal

Awards and recognition

2018 EECA Business Award

  • Commended Public Sector Award category

2018 Sustainable Business Network finalists for:

  • Efficiency Champion - commendation
  • Going Circular
  • Hard-wired for Social Good
  • Millennials on a Mission

2017 Sustainable Business Network finalists for:

  • Going Circular
  • Efficiency Champion

2017 Green Global Healthy Hospitals (International)

  • Silver - GHG Reduction (Energy)
  • Silver - GHG Reduction (Non-Energy)
  • Silver - Climate Change Leadership

Water and water coolers

Providing free water at our sites is a great way for us to support the wellbeing of our employees and visitors, as well as reducing the number of plastic bottles going to landfill.

You can find the water coolers on:

  • Level 5 outside the Transition Lounge and next to the Security ID office
  • Near Planet Espresso on level 3
  • Starship outside Tiny Bites.

You can help the environment by bringing your reusable drink bottle to work. There’ll be more water coolers rolling out across our sites later in the year.

Recycling

Tri bins are available throughout Grafton and Greenalne. The tri bins are designed to encourage recycling. They are colour coded to make it easier for you to recycle. 

  • The red bin is for waste that cannot be recycled and will go to landfill.
  • The yellow bin is for hard recyclable items like tins, plastic bottles, glass bottles and juice cartons.
  • The blue bin is for soft recyclable items like newspaper, magazines, soft cardboard and soft boxes.

Energy

In collaboration with Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), we have developed an Energy Policy with a vision “Energy 50/50” by 2030.  We are aiming to reduce our energy use by 50% and produce 50% of our energy needs through on-site renewable energy.

Transport

We have two electric vehicle charging stations for electric cars on the Ground level of Car Park A at Auckland City Hospital. 

Sustainability at home

Your sustainability journey begins at home. You can contribute towards a healthy and greener planet by making some important changes in the way you live.

  • Create less waste with reduction, reuse and recycling
  • Move away from disposable plastics to reusable products
  • Replace plastic shopping bags with reusable ones
  • Buy used items from internet auctions, community stores, garage sales or flea markets
  • Buy in bulk
  • Conserve water by taking shorter showers, fix any leaky taps
  • Use tap water instead of bottled water
  • Re-use paper such as envelopes, gift wrapping and printed paper
  • Insulate your home and use energy saving light-bulbs
  • Walk, bike, carpool or use public transport
  • Choose renewable energy to heat your home, if possible
  • Switch from petrol driven to electric vehicles, if possible

For more information on our Sustainability programme email Manjula Sickler, Sustainability Manager.