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Forté Hospital has been named New Zealand’s first Toitū net carbon zero certified hospital.
The hospital, which operates out of one of New Zealand’s most environmentally-friendly buildings, has been certified net carbon zero by Toitū Envirocare.
“Sustainability has been part of our kaupapa since the idea of Forté Health was born. We wanted to do things differently and show that you didn’t have to choose between looking after people and looking after your planet – you can do both,” says Forté Health Chairman David Barker.
While Forté Hospital is the first hospital in Australasia to achieve a four-star green certification through the New Zealand Green Building Council, to achieve Toitū net carbon zero certification, sustainability had to be taken to an operational level.
“We cast a sustainability lens over all aspects of what we do and how we do it - no stone was left unturned. While reviewing all internal processes we also engaged with our staff, contractors and suppliers and asked the question – can we do this in a way that’s more sustainable for our people and our planet. And we’ve found in many instances, the answer was yes,” says Forté Health CEO Rachel Hillyer.
Major sustainability initiatives implemented at Forté Hospital include:
Forté’s future sustainability goals include to further reduce its carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 10% over the next five years.
A 2019 report by global organisations Arup and Health Care Without Harm found healthcare is responsible for 4.4% of the world’s global net emissions – meaning if healthcare were a country, it would be the fifth-largest emitter on the planet. In New Zealand the wider health sector is striving to reduce emissions, with the Carbon Neutral Government Programme including an expectation that the public sector, including District Health Boards, be carbon neutral by 2025.
“There is no doubt Forté is leading the industry in terms of environmental sustainability. Their environmental journey is one that is embedded throughout the entire organisation, with high levels of staff engagement and a whole-of-organisation investment in the environmental targets and objectives they have set themselves,” says Andrew Mackenzie, Senior Technical Account Manager at Toitū Envirocare.
As part of becoming Toitū net carbon zero certified, Forté Health will be offsetting its carbon footprint by planting trees at Spray Point Station in South Marlborough, at Puhi Peaks Station and Nature Reserve in Kaikōura and at the Hinewai Reserve, Banks Peninsula.
“A core part of our ethos was to ensure our sustainability journey impacted positively on our local environment, and we’re delighted to be supporting these South Island organisations to preserve and enhance our indigenous biodiversity,” says Rachel.