Written by Great Ormond Street Hospital on 22nd July 2015
"Im a bit lost about what the plan is. Website is a good start and I guess the sharing ideas approach is good but what is the strategic plan? Not being negative and I am a rabid tree hugger but wanted more direction from the website. For my first suggestion though. Who is your power supplier. How sutainable are they. do you have a choice?"
This is a great bit of Feedback which we received on the 2nd July. We aim to always respond to the feedback we receive so here are the answers to your questions.
what is the strategic plan?
GOSH has a Sustainability Plan which was developed in 2014 following a consultation with staff. We are proud of our plan because few other NHS Trusts have actually consulted with staff to develop their sustainability activities and we feel that these things are best done from the ground-up (more about that later). From this we created an action plan which tackled the areas staff said were the most important such as food, recycling and behaviour change. The majority also said we should use our reputation to advocate for sustainability. We are making progress in all of these areas but that is for another blog!!!
Most Trusts use a template developed by the NHS Sustainable Development Unit to create their Sustainable Development Management Plan. This Framework is really good and covers many strands of healthcare which our current Sustainabilty Plan does not. We therefore feel we should try and merge our current plan with the SDU framework to develop a Sustainable Development Management Plan going forward.
Who is our Power Supplier? Are they suitable? Do we have a choice?
GOSH purchases energy via a Framework Agreement set up by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), a governmental procurment service. Through the Framework we purchase electricity from EDF and gas from Corona Energy. We are completely free to choose who supplies our energy. We choose to use the CCS Framework as it provides a really good service and secures very good rates. It is possible we could achieve better rates but that can only be done using riskier trading techniques on the wholesale energy markets. We feel that the CCS provides good value without exposing the Trust to excessive risk. On our behalf, CCS purchases one year's worth of energy six months in advance. This means we have certainty of supply and can budget against a set rate and the suppliers' risk premiums are relatively low.
We believe CCS, EDF and Corona are suitable providers. The CCS is a non-profit public service who are very transparent about the prices they achieve. They are regulary audited and report to the treasury. EDF provide us with 100% renewable electricty which is great and they are a big company which offers us certanty of supply. Corona Energy are a reputable supplier of gas to non-domestic customers and successfully tendered to be included on the CCS Framework.
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