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Hospitals pledge 10 per cent cut in energy use

Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals have launched an ambitious campaign to reduce energy consumption by 10 per cent over three years.

The Earthcare and Energy Campaign was launched on Monday at an energy roadshow at Guy's Hospital. It is designed to increase environmental awareness among staff, patients and visitors to both hospitals and encourage everyone to take responsibility for conserving energy.

If the Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust achieves the 10 reduction in energy use over three years it will also reduce energy and water costs by 150,000.

By raising awareness of the impact of small but important actions such as turning off lights and computers the trust hopes to save more than 3,000 tonnes of CO2 over three years.

"Everyone has a part to play and can make a contribution, no matter how small each individual action appears," explains Steve McGuire, director of capital, estates and facilities.

"Small changes can add up to a significant amount, both in terms of financial saving and environmental benefits, so it is important that everyone helps us achieve our target."

The Earthcare and Energy Campaign is a joint initiative between the trust and King's College London.

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