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Hospital lands low carbon award

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A London hospital has joined Marks & Spencer, Chelsea Football Club and high street chain Pret a Manger in earning recognition for its work on reducing carbon emissions.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust has been granted the Mayor of London’s Green500 Platinum Award for embracing green technologies and improving the efficiency of the hospital in order to reduce its impact on the local environment and UK carbon emissions.

The award signifies two years’ hard work for the trust, which signed up to the initiative in January 2008 and has since invested heavily in combined heat and power engines that will help deliver carbon reductions of 20 per cent and save more than £1.5m each year in energy costs.

Trust sustainability manager Alexandra Hammond said: “This is truly a fantastic achievement. We are well aware of the impact our large hospital sites could have on the environment and everyone at Guy’s and St Thomas’ continues to work hard to achieve our goals in carbon reduction.

“It’s also fantastic to be able to reinvest the vast amounts of money we will save in energy costs into caring for our patients.”

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