Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Hawke’s Bay DHB taking climate change seriously

15 March 2019

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has committed to measuring and reducing its greenhouse gas footprint by signing up to the Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme CEMARS®.

Hawke’s Bay DHB chief executive Dr Kevin Snee said becoming CEMARS® certified was a significant step toward the district health board better understanding and measuring its greenhouse gas footprint - one of several initiatives the DHB would undertake toward minimising its impact on climate change and reducing its impact on the environment.

“Hawke’s Bay DHB is one of several DHBs now joined up to the CEMARS® scheme,” explained Dr Snee.

“We are taking climate change seriously and are joining others in the health sector to take a leadership role in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change.”

Dr Snee said hospitals were a 24/7 operation and use of energy sources were high. However, these could be further reduced by making small changes and doing them consistently.

“The DHB will set annual targets to reduce its carbon footprint and, by understanding this, it will then be better placed to further reduce emissions in line with the Government’s ambition to set a target of a net zero emissions country by 2050.

“Our carbon footprint includes reducing things such as waste to landfill, recycling and medical gases. We will also work on using our energy more wisely and encouraging staff to continue to take up the many options now available to them by choosing alternative travel options to and from work and/or to meetings.”

The DHB’s CEMARS® certification included all DHB sites – Hastings, Napier, Wairoa and Central Hawke’s Bay. Education sessions would begin with staff early next month to provide an understanding of what the DHB is trying to achieve and how staff can get on board.

To view the DHB’s sustainability initiatives as well as its CEMARS® certification and planning, visit: http://www.hawkesbay.health.nz/about-us/sustainability


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Government Confirms Royal Commission of Inquiry:

Friday: National Remembrance Service

A National Remembrance Service for the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack, and all those affected by it, will be held at 10am on Friday 29 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced. More>>

Ban On Military Style Semi-Automatics And Assault Rifles
Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws... Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines. “An amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in, and Cabinet has directed officials to develop a buyback scheme...All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned." More>>

For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>


"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>


████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>


'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>


From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>





InfoPages News Channels