ERS Medical’s Non Emergency Patient Transport and Courier service strives to improve its sustainability, to reduce or remove environmentally damaging activities and to encourage activities that can help improve the environment.
We are building on a solid foundation set out in 2017 and are looking at ways to improve environmental efficiency, the working environment, responsible procurement and reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
We also have the following initiatives in place to reduce our environmental impact and improve the sustainability of the services we deliver.
Green PTS’ Initiative – Electric Vehicles
In line with the government’s ‘Road to Zero’ targets and the NHS Long Term Plan (https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/), we aim to replace more than 40% of our fleet with ultra-low emission vehicles by 2025 and 100% by 2030.
Working Towards ISO 14001
ERS Medical are working towards the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Accreditation
Reducing Auto Dependence
ERS Medical has procedures and incentives in place to reduce the number of journeys and length of the journey people need to take, for example,
- Sustainable Business Travel – when possible we ask employees to use train travel to training courses and meetings to reduce CO2 and congestion while potentially making better use of travel time.
- Travel Blending – reducing the frequency of business travel by combining meetings into one trip and introducing car share schemes.
- Alternative Travel – replacing face to face contact with video conferencing, interactive webinars and using the latest technology to implement remote working when possible.
- Improving Driving Styles – providing advice and training to improve fuel efficiency, optimise emission reduction equipment and reduce tyre and brake wear.
We have trained all our staff in waste segmentation and storage. This ensures that all waste that is produced throughout the service delivery is segregated, stored and disposed of correctly.
We continually explore new options to make recycling facilities more accessible in the workplace.
A Commitment to Reduce Plastics in our Supply Chain
Working with our suppliers we will push for reducing the amount of plastic used in our consumables and aim to use recycled material whenever possible.
Commitment to Raising Awareness
- ERS will support NHS Sustainability Day and Clean Air Day to help raise awareness
- We will ensure there is a clear route to communicate key sustainable activities
- Through online surveys, we will explore the knowledge, skills and attitudes of employees
The Year Ahead
As a business, we are always looking for new ways to be more sustainable and are regularly implementing changes in our business model.