Counties Manukau has been named a global Climate Champion by Health Care Without Harm, receiving the Silver award for Climate Leadership in recognition for our efforts to assess climate change risks and reduce carbon emissions.
Carbon emissions are a simple way to measure the environmental impact of the organisation’s activities, such as transportation, gases, waste, resource use, and energy.
Reducing carbon emissions can help to improve people’s health, as factors in the environment, such as healthy air and healthy water, contribute to better population health.
Managing carbon emissions is the key focus of the Te Whatu Ora - Counties Manukau sustainability plan. We are working hard to continually reduce emissions, with the aim to become carbon neutral from 2025.
There’s a lot of work underway across Counties Manukau to help reduce carbon emissions, as well as encouraging actions that can improve the health of the community.
A number of energy projects are underway at Counties Manukau, which reduce the carbon footprint of the organisation. The Counties Manukau fleet vehicles are being transitioned to EVs, lights are being changed to energy-saving LEDs, and the large heating/cooling chillers are being upgraded to be more energy efficient.
We also encourage people in our community to take actions that reduce their carbon footprint and improve their health. For example, taking active modes of transport, such as walking or cycling, as well as recycling, and looking for ways they can reduce waste.
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