Uploaded on 10 October , 2009
Length : 27:42
The NHS would have to cut its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by at least 600,000 tonnes if it was to meet the government’s target of cutting CO2 by 60% from 1990 levels by 2050. By addressing some key aspects such as energy use and transport, the NHS can not only have a considerable impact on reducing its carbon footprint but also its costs.
You can travel by car and train with benefits to your health and the environment! In this programme we look at how the road and rail sectors can play their parts to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint.
The NHS would be treating less people for carbon dioxide related problems if more people travelled by zero-emission motor vehicles and utilised our railway networks more often to make journeys.
By adopting new greener technologies both the rail and road sectors can play an important role in keeping both the nation and the environment healthy.
In this programme, Sir Neil McKay, Lead NHS Director for Sustainability tells us why the NHS will have to play a leading role in tackling climate change if it’s to provide quality health care.
We also hear from Jonathon Porritt from Forum for the Future who says The NHS is a huge organisation with a huge carbon footprint and unless we can find very clear ways of reducing that footprint as fast as possible there are no serious prospects for a low carbon Britain.
We hear the views of Lord Adonis, Secretary of State for Transport and Lord Paul Drayson, the Science and Innovation Minister, who were speaking at the launch of a 25-million pound project to road-test eight prototypes of electric cars throughout the UK.
We hear the views of Philip York, marketing manager at Renault UK, who are launching their much-lauded Zero Emission cars.
Renault’s new electric vehicles are efficient, user-friendly zero-emission cars, with the focus on minimizing energy consumption while at the same time providing core comfort features.
Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of Atoc, The Association of Train Operating Companies, tells us why travel by rail is the way ahead for personal health and a healthier environment. As the voice of the passenger railway, ATOC represents train companies to the government, regulatory bodies and other opinion formers on transport policy issues.
Heidi Mottram, managing director of Northern Rail, explains why we should all be embracing rail as a sustainable form of transport.
Back to cars, and we speak to Graeme Carver of The Motor Expo at London’s Canary Wharf which featured vehicles from many of the world’s leading manufacturers. Back for its fourteenth year, the Expo showcased hundreds of the latest models, brand new designs and greener friendlier vehicles all on display to the public.
A new hydrogen car has been launched as a green option for future city transport. The Riversimple urban car has taken nine years to develop with the aim of them being leased rather than sold. We speak to Hugo Spowers, Founder of this unique hydrogen powered vehicle.
Finally, we also hear the views of Mouchel Management Consulting, who work with government agencies, local authorities, government-regulated industries and the private-sector to provide safe, reliable roads, railways and cost-effective energy.
Finally, we also hear the views of Richard Cuthbert, Group CEO of Mouchel Management Consulting who work with government agencies, local authorities, government-regulated industries and the private-sector to provide safe, reliable roads, railways and cost-effective energy.