Te Whatu Ora - Counties Manukau District measures the greenhouse gas emissions from its four largest sites and meets the requirements of CEMARS® certification in accordance with the requirements of ISO 14064-1:2018 and is committed to managing and reducing its emissions. Measurement of greenhouse gas emissions has been done annually since 2012, and the only district which has been measuring its emissions for this length of time.
Counties Manukau District 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 were launched in October 2011.
Counties Manukau district – Te Whatu Ora is pleased to announce that we have been named a 2022 Climate Champion by Health Care Without Harm.
As a participant in the Health Care Climate Challenge, we are committed to reducing health care’s own carbon footprint, preparing for the impacts of extreme weather and the shifting burden of disease, and educating staff and the public while promoting policies to protect public health from climate change.
This year we received recognition for the efforts and success of our institution and staff with the Silver award for Climate Resilience.
We are honored to receive these awards and to be a part of a global community of healthcare institutions on every continent leading the transformation to climate-smart healthcare. We celebrate this moment with everyone at our institution and with our colleagues around the world. And we look forward to the work that lies ahead as we strive to protect the future health of our community, environment, and planet.
Counties Manukau District 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 Counties Manukau District 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 zero by 2050, however, on December 2nd 2020 central government issued a directive that all public sector organisations will be carbon neutral from 2025.
As a DHB we are better placed than some to aim for this target as we have been having our emissions measured for the past ten years but still, this will mean enormous strategic change for the organisation.