St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital is committed to protecting the environment and using energy and resources wisely.
We recognise that reducing our carbon footprint and being more resource efficient – using less energy and water, producing less waste and emissions – are essential to promoting healthy and sustainable environments for our patients and communities.
As we are part of the UnitingCare family, our internal sustainability program is Greening UnitingCare, which captures the multitude of initiatives we are implementing to continuously improve our environmental performance. Recent examples include:
- When it came time to replace gym mats at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, the existing mats were donated to Brisbane State High School’s rowing sheds, which were impacted by the 2022 floods.
- UnitingCare hospitals reduced the carbon footprint of general anaesthesia through practitioners choosing to use the climate-friendlier sevoflurane gas instead of desflurane. This represents 1,215 tCO2e avoided in 2021-22 when compared to 2018-19 baseline emissions.
- Hospitals and BlueCare sites transitioned from liquid to solid detergent, targeting a reduction of 714kg plastic packaging waste per year.
- St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital furnished their revamped staff courtyard with Replas benches and tables made from 53,250 pieces of recycled plastic packaging and Kimguard (blue sterile wrap).
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