Ambulance Victoria (AV) was recognised for its efforts in climate action and sustainability at the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) Climate Champion Awards last week (9 February).
GGHH is an international network of hospitals, health care facilities, health systems and health organisations dedicated to reducing their environmental footprint and promoting public and environmental health.
Celebrating its wins, Ambulance Victoria said it was thrilled to receive three awards for its efforts in climate action and sustainability.
“At Ambulance Victoria, we know our place in an emergency by your side and our response to climate change is no different,” AV said.
“Ambulance Victoria has been awarded gold in both the Climate Resilience and Climate Leadership categories, and silver in the Renewable Energy category,” it said.
“This recognises the steps we are taking to prepare for the impacts of extreme weather and the shifting burden of disease, as well as educating staff and the public by promoting policies that protect public health from climate change, and help reduce health care’s own carbon footprint.”
AV said it was committed to reducing key emissions from road vehicles, building energy usage and air ambulance services.
“We have set ambitious targets, but are making strong progress to meeting reduction targets for our Scope 1 and 2 emissions on our path towards zero net carbon emissions.”
It said these targets were a 39 per cent emissions reduction by 2025; a 60 per cent reduction by 2030; and net zero emissions by 2045.