Protecting the environment for future generations is critical. We are focused on:
We are focused on energy and water efficiency measures and identifying opportunities to introduce more renewable energy in our operations and new developments.
We are undertaking a comprehensive review of climate risk to enable effective action on climate change and to take advantage of opportunities to support a transition to the low carbon economy.
We are seeking to improve recycling and to identify more opportunities to reduce single-use plastics where it is safe to.
*Applies to wholly-owned businesses; baseline year 2020.
Our ambition is to be a net zero emissions business across Ramsay’s global value chain by 2040. To reach our goal, we have set science-based emissions targets which align with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C. The Ramsay group has confirmed this commitment with the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) and will commence a validation process for our targets.
We know that a healthy planet is vital for a healthy population and being sustainable is important to our people, patients, doctors and communities – as well as our business success. By working together for healthier people, stronger communities and a thriving planet, we want to make a positive and meaningful difference for current and future generations.
Our commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2040 is a key part of our Ramsay Cares Sustainability Strategy. Our approach is overseen by the Ramsay Health Care Board and Global Executive. Each business in the Ramsay group is responsible for implementing our approach and improving our environmental and sustainability performance
Ramsay’s greenhouse gas emissions will be reported annually against our targets and the targets will be regularly reviewed for consistency with the latest climate science and to reflect any significant changes to our business or baseline emissions.
NOTE: We will only use carbon offsets to neutralise residual emissions or go beyond our science-based emission reduction targets.
Health systems contribute to climate change primarily through greenhouse gas emissions. The scopes of emissions categories are defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
Scope 1 - Direct emissions e.g. emissions from anaesthetic gases, fuel and gas used in facilities and vehicles.
Scope 2 - Indirect emissions from the generation of electricity.
Scope 3 - Indirect emissions from categories such as waste, business travel and supply chains e.g. production, transport and disposal of medications, food, medical devices and hospital equipment.
Continue to invest in energy efficiency projects such as low energy lighting and heating and cooling upgrades.
Reduce anaesthetic gas emissions by using low flow and environmentally friendly options.
Reduce unnecessary use of single-use items, where safe to do so; improve recycling and reduce waste in our facilities.
Continue to invest in onsite renewable electricity generation. Focus on reducing fossil fuel use in facilities, as new technologies come online.
Increase sourcing of renewable and less carbon-intensive electricity supply.
Work with our partners to understand and address emissions across our large and complex supply chain.
Work with our suppliers to take a science-based approach to setting targets.
Continuously improve and maintain development performance standards through Environmentally Sustainable Design. Develop climate adaptation and Net Zero plans so our developments are future fit.
Grow and transform our business sustainably and adapt and be resilient to a changing climate.