Royal United Hospital's green team honoured for their work
Staff at the Royal United Hospital have been recognised for their work in improving the environment.
The hospital's Team Green group were presented with an energy efficiency award at the Health Service Journal's Efficiency Awards 2012.
The team is made up of a group of staff from across the hospital who work together to improve the environment by coming up with ideas for cutting carbon waste and saving both energy and money.
One of the biggest projects is a new energy centre which has helped to save 3,000 tonnes of carbon a year and has cut about £600,000 in fuel bills.
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Director of estates and facilities Howard Jones said: "We are absolutely delighted that our work to reduce our impact on the environment has been recognised nationally.
"We are committed to being sustainable and recognise that we have an important role to play, both as a large employer in Bath and as part of the wider NHS, in reducing our carbon emissions and becoming even more sustainable."
The hospital has also put in mini-combined heat and power units in the residential blocks, which generate electricity and heat for the accommodation.
As well as this the hospital is promoting greener travel for staff, installing new cycle sheds and shower facilities, offering discounted bus tickets to workers, and half-price parking for those who share cars.
The new Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care has also been given a national rating of excellent for its low energy use.