Environmental sustainability has been identified as a priority area in healthcare settings. Healthcare delivery emits high levels of emissions – in some cases, up to 25% of total public sector greenhouse gas emission. As an initiative the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Programs (RCPAQAP) tasked employees with exploring ways that sustainable business practices could be implemented and maintained within the organisation. After consultation and evaluation a number of changes were introduced to the St Leonards site which have resulted in both cost-savings and eco-efficiency measures. Low energy LED and sensor lighting has been installed and staff have under taken the commitment to switching off lights and computer equipment when not in use, which has resulted in significant reductions in energy expenditure. The organisation also recently partnered with Cleanaway who are one of the biggest collectors of recycling across Australia to recycle paper, plastic and polystyrene foam waste. Additional to this, the Organisation have also begun the process of installing solar panelling on the roof. The RCAPQAP is committed to environmental sustainability and will continue to make a conscious effort to introduce new energy saving processes.
For further information on the RCPAQAP Green Project contact Susan Badman, Serology Discipline Manager, Susan.Badman@rcpaqap.com.au