102 heat exchangers have been fitted to dialysis machines across 4 renal services following the CSH 'Cutting CO2 in Kidney Care ' project, which secured funding at the Pitch Pledge Party event in October 2011, a 10:10 initiative in partnership with The Funding Network and the Guardian. The project was based on the case study from East Kent renal service, which has reduced its carbon footprint by retrofitting heat exchangers to renal dialysis machines. Each heat exchanger is estimated to save approximately 0.366 tonnes CO2e per year.
On 29 October 2012 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published jointly an Atlas of health and climate that provides scientific information on the connections between weather and climate and major health challenges ranging from diseases of poverty to emergencies arising from extreme weather events and disease outbreaks.
Delegates at the Green Nephrology Summit 2012, on 26th September, have issued a call to policy makers and healthcare commissioners to support them in bringing about the transformation to sustainable models of care.
The 2012 Award, presented at the Green Nephrology Summit yesterday, has gone to Newcastle Renal Unit for their "baling and recycling" project, modelled on one of the early case studies in Green Nephrology. The project has increased the amount of plastic and cardboard waste being recycled in the Trust by 90 tonnes, resulting in savings of more than £7,000/year and 46 tonnes CO2e in just a few months.
Has your kidney unit successfully introduced a green change? Help us to share and celebrate your achievements by entering the Green Nephrology Awards 2012, organised in partnership with NHS Kidney Care. Shortlisted entries will be exhibited in poster format at the Green Nephrology Summit on 26 September, and will be included in a themed issue of NHS Kidney Care’s e-newsletter, Kidney Care Matters. Awards for outstanding entries will be presented at the Summit. Closing date: 10 September 2012.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and the Sustainable Healthcare Education Network are looking for a volunteer / intern to provide administrative support for a national consultation exercise on curriculum development for education in sustainable healthcare.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has successfully pushed for the inclusion of sustainability as one of the themes for the The Oxford Academic Health Science Network. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has supported the preparation and submission of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network's prospectus for designation from 1 April 2013.
The winner of the 2012 Green Nephrology Awards (to be announced at next week's Summit) will receive a £500 prize to invest in green initiatives. The prize, donated by a supporter and topped up with match funding from the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, is to be awarded to the kidney unit submitting the best green project.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has produced a pioneering policy report that establishes the interconnections between two urgent challenges in the 21st Century. The report explores the critical connections between diabetes and climate change and identifies the opportunity to combat these challenges together through the health co-benefit approach.
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