This World Environment Day, Ramsay Health Care is sharing the practical steps its sites have taken to help protect the planet including solar and LED lighting upgrades, PVC and aluminium recycling and switching single use plastics for environmentally friendly alternatives.
Ramsay Health Care Australia CEO, Carmel Monaghan, said the company is committed to making its sites more sustainable to help protect the planet for generations to come.
“We have seen what a big difference some small changes can make to the environment and the future of our planet,” Monaghan said.
“We’re currently installing and upgrading solar panels on a number of our sites, upgrading to energy efficient LED lighting around the country and investigating what recycling programs are available to us, to reduce the amount of waste we’re sending to landfill.
“I’m pleased to say we’re progressing well on our way to reaching our target to remove 50 million single use plastic items from our sites by the end of the year. At the end of we’d removed more than 33 million single-use plastic items.”
Ramsay Health Care sites nationally feature more than 2,660kw of solar panel systems, saving more 61,000 of carbon emissions over their lifespan. Additional carbon emissions are also being saved through the upgrade of more than 18,200 light fittings to energy efficient LED lights.
Sixteen Ramsay hospitals in Australia are working to create ‘greener operating theatres’ by removing an anaesthetic gas found to have a high environmental impact and instead switching to more environmentally friendly options.
Anaesthetists at four sites have already completely stopped using the anaesthetic gas called desflurane, reported to have more than 20 times the global warming potential of alternative gases. Instead, anaesthetists have made the switch to sevoflurane when preparing patients for surgery, in a bid to help protect the planet.
Ramsay Health Care Chief Risk Officer and Chair of the Ramsay Cares Committee, Chanelle McEnallay said Caring for Our Planet is one of the three pillars of Ramsay Health Care’s sustainability program.
“We acknowledge that climate change is a critical issue, so we are focused on minimising our greenhouse emissions,” Ms McEnallay said.
“It’s part of Ramsay Health Care’s commitment to making a meaningful, positive difference for current and future generations.”
The 2022 World Environment Day campaign #OnlyOneEarth calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore our planet.