St Vincent’s is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and providing an environmentally sustainable campus for current and future staff, patients and visitors. Our Environmental Services team continues to innovate with new approaches to sustainability at St Vincent’s including waste, recycling, green procurement, green transport, energy management and water conservation.
St Vincent’s Hospital is striving to minimise our environmental footprint by encouraging environmentally aware practice, developing energy efficient buildings and infrastructure and setting targets for improved environmental sustainability.
St Vincent’s Hospital was able to divert 25 per cent of its waste to recycling for the 2013–14 financial year through its reduction, reuse and recycle program.
As part of the reduction initiative; companies have been approached about reducing the amount of packaging bought onto site as well as the continued donation of hospital equipment (serviceable) to Rotary Australia for distribution overseas.
St Vincent’s has also enhanced our waste auditing program to identify further recycling opportunities resulting in the implementation of a program to recycle vinyl and an enhanced range of plastics within the hospital.
Electricity is used in St Vincent’s Hospital for space cooling, ventilation, lighting, medical equipment and many other processes. Natural gas and steam is used for space heating, sterilisation of medical equipment, cooking and domestic hot water.
A number of improvements have been made to buildings and infrastructure throughout the year to reduce energy consumption and increase efficiency, including:
- LED lighting program introduced last year is still in progress, Overall performances are successful and St Vincent’s has
achieved a reduction in energy
- Installation of variable speed drives (VSD) on electric motors to reduce energy consumption
- Time scheduling of air-conditioning systems in non-patient areas, most air conditioning systems are set on economy mode
- 55 Victoria Parade water cooled chiller was replaced with a more efficient air cool chiller, reducing our water consumption
- Garden sprinkler system at Caritas Christi Hospice has been connected to rain water tanks.
St Vincent’s has a comprehensive recycling program including paper, cardboard, polystyrene, mattresses, batteries and mobile phones. In 2013-14 St Vincent’s recycled 350 tonnes of paper, cardboard and plastics. PVC recycling commenced in 2014 - two tonnes have already been recycled.
Clearing the Air
St Vincent’s Hospital does not discharge any emissions from combustible products. St George’s and Caritas Christi Hospice have packaged boilers.
The emissions comply with EPA and gas authority requirements.