Auckland, 12 August 2019: Enviro-Mark Solutions
Auckland District Health Board has won the Excellence in Climate Action - Large Organisation category at the Enviro-Mark Solutions Awards(external link) in Auckland.
Auckland DHB is in the top 200 energy users in New Zealand, yet through strong leadership, planning and energy reduction partnerships, it has cut its carbon footprint by 28 percent since it started measuring carbon emissions with Enviro-Mark Solutions in 2015. A major factor was the reduction of the DHB’s energy consumption by 36 percent over this period.
Auckland DHB uses an immense amount of energy each year to treat more than one million patients, employ nearly 11,000 staff and ensure essential services are open around the clock.
Auckland DHB’s Chief Financial Officer Rosalie Percival says “This award belongs to our 11,000 Auckland DHB people. I want to acknowledge our Sustainability Manager Manjula Sickler, our network of almost 300 passionate sustainability champions, and our many partners, particularly Ngāti Whātua.
“As a healthcare provider, we will see the impacts on climate change on the health of our population. For these reasons it is imperative we respond and take action to reduce our own contribution to the atmosphere. Achieving Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme® (CEMARS) certification through Enviro-Mark Solutions has meant we are able to really understand our energy use, and therefore, our carbon emissions. With this detailed understanding, we can target areas of real improvement.”
Dr Ann Smith, CEO of Enviro-Mark Solutions(external link) has praised the Auckland DHB’s efforts, “Enviro-Mark Solutions is proud to work with the Auckland District Health Board. They understand how their operations contribute to global warming and how climate impacts will impact on health and health services. They are deeply committed to reducing their carbon emissions and have achieved great results through their CEMARS certification. We are delighted to announce them as the winner in the Excellence in Climate Action – Large Organisation category.”
Ms Percival attributes the Auckland DHB’s success to buy-in to its long-term strategy by the executive leadership team, and the organisation’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050.
“Being aligned on our vision means that we can move forward with new programmes and necessary capital expenditures quickly,” says Ms. Percival. “One example is the collaboration with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to develop a roadmap to cut our energy use in half and produce 50% of our energy requirements through on-site renewable energy by 2030. We call this vision Energy 50/50.”
Energy 50/50 in practice means Auckland DHB has created an energy dashboard to report energy trends throughout the month and continues to show energy use trending down. The scope of the Energy Management Plan covers all building energy use, namely; Auckland City Hospital, Starship Children’s Hospital and Greenlane Clinical Centre.
Highlights of Energy 50/50 progress to date:
“In 2015, we set out to be the most sustainable district health board in New Zealand by committing to a zero-carbon target by 2050,” says Ms. Percival. “Underpinning our sustainability programme is an integrated view of the environment that is founded on principles of kaitiakitanga and responsible stewardship which align with Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua.
“We’re delighted to be recognised by Enviro-Mark Solutions for the hard work and commitments of our staff, our Green Teams and our energy reduction partners.”
Enviro-Mark Solutions(external link) is the leading provider of environmental certifications in New Zealand. Since 2001, its programmes have ensured that New Zealand companies are benefiting from international best practice, applied science, and effective tools. Enviro-Mark Solutions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, a Government-owned Crown Research Institute. Enviro-Mark Solutions mission is Inspiring Action for a Better Environment and a Sustainable Low Carbon Economy. Enviro-Mark Solutions is a B Corp certified company.
The CEMARS, carboNZero and Enviro-Mark certifications meet and exceed the requirements of ISO standards and ensure consistent and comprehensive reporting, benchmarking and management of environmental and climate impacts. In addition, we offer product life cycle assessments, carbon calculators, materiality assessments on the Sustainable Development Goals and expertise in calculating and submitting science-based targets. Enviro-Mark Solutions maintains its position of international best practice through accreditation by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ), being a CDP-accredited Science Based Targets Provider, membership of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and being accredited by the International Carbon Reduction Offset Alliance (ICROA).
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