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Counties Manukau District Health Board’s Middlemore Hospital and Manukau Health Park sites meet the requirements of CEMARS® certification having measured its greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the requirements of ISO 14064-1:2006 and committed to managing and reducing its emissions in
respect of the operational activities of the Middlemore Hospital and Manukau Health Park.
CM Health is a proud member of the GLOBAL GREEN AND HEALTHY HOSPITALS NETWORK.
Hospitals, health systems and health organizations representing the interests of thousands of hospitals from six continents have come together to form a global network dedicated to reducing its ecological footprint and promoting public environmental health. The Network is based on members’ commitment to implement the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Agenda, a comprehensive environmental health framework for hospitals and health systems which was launched in October 2011.
The ten goals of the agenda are:
CM Health is also a member of the Climate Leaders Coalition. This coalition was launched in July 2018 to promote business leadership and collective action on the issue of climate change.
The Climate Leaders Coalition has a mission to reduce emissions in Aotearoa, 103 Chief Executives have so far signed the original joint statement, which commits their organisations to take voluntary action on climate change
Carbon can be used as a common measure across all aspects of the organisation’s activities, such as waste, resource use, and energy. It ties all the impacts together in one common indicator, so we can keep track of our impact and our reduction progress.
Carbon management has been essential to the larger CM Health sustainability plan. It is the primary driver within the strategic sustainability diagram that has been developed for CM Health.
Originally the core objective was to reduce emissions enough to become carbon neutral by 2050, however, on December 2nd 2020 central government issued a directive that all public sector organisations will be carbon zero by 2025.
As a DHB we are better placed than some to aim for this target as we have been having our emission measured for the past eight years but still, this will mean enormous strategic change for the organisation.