ETL is helping to accelerate carbon reduction across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly declared a climate emergency in 2020 and was the first NHS region to set a 2030 net-zero carbon target. As part of this ambitious commitment, the healthcare delivery partners – Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and NHS Kernow CCG – have combined forces to develop a system-wide Green Plan, headlined by a target to deliver net-zero operational carbon emissions by the end of the decade.

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A clear road to zero

ETL worked with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly healthcare partners to develop an area-wide sustainability strategy that builds stakeholder partnerships across Cornwall’s Healthcare system and Cornwall Council to prioritise action for a collaborative roadmap to deliver net-zero carbon. To understand current carbon emissions, ETL undertook a carbon reporting exercise and highlighted key areas to focus on carbon reduction efforts. Alongside this, an emissions baseline review continues to provide the partnership with a benchmarking tool to review progress against its regional 2030 net-zero target.

ETL also developed a bespoke, SMART roadmap to net-zero applicable to all the partnership organisations. ETL recommended a range of interventions in line with the Greener NHS Campaign, best practice, and strategic partner ambitions. The roadmap incorporated carbon reduction and cost-saving potentials for the projects identified as well as highlighted the resources and skills required for Cornwall to deliver against its 2030 net-zero target.

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A net-zero future

ETL has also been strategically involved in embedding sustainability principles and objectives across the healthcare estate in Cornwall. As part of the site development and reconfiguration, ETL’s specialist sustainability team developed a net-zero carbon design brief and collaborated with the design and contraction teams to embed sustainable design. Our team also developed Sustainable Design Guidance for Royal Cornwall Hospitals, which will drive standards and best practice and promote building-user comfort and wellbeing whilst minimising the impact on the environment. The Trust is looking to employ this approach for all major projects, leading the way in sustainable hospital infrastructure.

“It was a pleasure to work with ETL and I would recommend them 100%. ETL is approachable, supportive, and genuinely excited to support us in our journey toward net zero carbon. The advice given was truly expert and I have huge confidence in the quality of the knowledge shared. The presentation of the work was timely, accessible to non-experts and professionally presented. ETL took the initiative and did the bulk of the legwork and when the pieces of work were developed to final draft stage, there was full engagement and willingness to listen to the client’s views and interests.”

Roberta Fuller