NGH are three-time Green achievers


Staff at Northampton General Hospital have been recognised three times over for their work to raise awareness of sustainability and reduce the hospital’s carbon footprint.

Firstly, a prestigious ‘Green level’ accreditation certificate has been awarded to NGH following an audit by Investors in the Environment.

The IiE auditor noted that NGH was a ‘huge establishment with multiple departments and various waste streams’ – and that despite many constraints and increasing workload it had made great progress in reducing environmental impact.

The report said: “By qualifying for the top level Green award NGH is classed as a green leader, and help to set the standard for the environment amongst businesses. We are proud to have you on board. You are a shining example of what can be achieved in the short and long run.”

Among the points commended by the IiE report were:

12.4 per cent reduction in carbon footprint
Significant 11 per cent reduction in gas use
X-ray recycyling, asthma inhaler recycling, use of sharp smart bins
Dedicated team of Green ‘champions’
Good communication to staff via intranet and monthly newsletter
Thorough, extensive, well-structured audit documents
And there was a special mention for NGH energy and sustainability manager Dr Clare Topping, who they said was “clearly dedicated to improving environmental performance as well as implementing new strategies and initiatives”.

Clare picked up the award certificate at the annual Investors in the Environment Business Awards last week where she was also presented with a second award. NGH was singled out as the year’s Overall Achievement winner for going above and beyond what is expected for an organisation’s green accreditation.

She said: “I’d like to thank our sustainability champions for all their efforts and support over the last couple of years, and everyone from NGH and beyond who has helped us achieve this accreditation. We are all very proud of what we have done so far. We are continuing to look for ideas on how we can become greener still, and looking forward to more success in the future.”

NGH was also recognised at Anglian Water’s ‘We Love What You Do’ Business Awards where, although it did not leave with a trophy, the hospital was highly commended for its work to manage water and protect the environment.

Pictured above: Dr Clare Topping with the IiE certificate, and some of our sustainability team and green champions.

The Environment Business Awards were held at Peterborough’s Kingsgate Conference Centre on Thursday 27 November.
VIP guest speaker was Dr David Pencheon, Director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit
Investors in the Environment member businesses can secure Bronze, Silver or the highest level of Green accreditation. More details at