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Carbon Reduction Plan

Commitment to achieving Net Zero

Great Bear Healthcare is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050.

Baseline Emissions Footprint

Baseline emissions are a record of the greenhouse gases that have been produced in the past and were produced prior to the introduction of any strategies to reduce emissions. Baseline emissions are the reference point against which emissions reduction can be measured.

Baseline Year: 2021
Additional Details relating to the Baseline Emissions calculations.
The footprint has been calculated using the GHG Emissions Calculation Tool, a calculation tool for estimating GHG emissions based on the GHG Protocol.

Our first year of records are from 2021, when travel restrictions and remote working impacted us operationally due to Covid-19.

Baseline year emissions:
Scope 162.12
Scope 2109.19
Scope 3

(Included Sources)

Total Emissions238.23
Reporting Year: 2022
Scope 1159
Scope 297.63
Scope 3

(Included Sources)

Total Emissions341.12

Due to operational activity restrictions during Covid-19 the 2021 baseline cannot be regarded an accurate picture of our organisation’s carbon footprint or CO2e in normal operational conditions.

In order to set realistic targets, we will need to continue to monitor and compare staffing, operational practices, and energy usage and analyse the data, taking into account the impact Covid-19 has had on the business operationally since 2020.

2022 saw huge increases in commuter travel, freight, and company travel, which from an operational perspective was expected and welcomed as the organisation and the wider community started to resume face-to-face visits and meetings with HCPs and patients post Covid-19.  This increased the level of emissions created in the business, but improvement projects to save energy and costs have reduced some of the impact.

Starting in 2021 and continuing into 2022, the Marketing and Customer Care Teams set out to reduce environmental impacts and support sustainability in our prescription dispensing operations, and one of the improvements made is described below:

To increase digitisation of communication to and from healthcare organisations, we continued to invest in our online platforms. This led to an increase in digital communication to and from GP’s and District Nurses and end user customers and reduced postal communication.

In 2021 3.06% of the total prescriptions dispensed in the year were from online orders. This percentage increased to 4.85% in 2022.

While there has been growth of 17.14% in the number of prescriptions dispensed between 2021 and 2022, the % of letters being sent by Royal Mail to surgeries and HCPs for the same period increased by only 8.47%, showing definitive reductions in letter production and carriage.

Emissions Reduction Targets

The improvement projects already in progress and those planned for 2023 are anticipated to sustainably reduce the % of our energy usage and the carbon footprint of our business, and during 2023 we will:

  • Continue to include ESG in our Management Review Meeting agendas, to discuss greener choices that may be possible within the business.
  • Continue to monitor and measure our impact on the environment following the Cabinet Office’s PPN06/21 guidance.
  • Identify KPIs to ensure Carbon Reduction Factors are considered in operational decisions across the business.
  • Review and publish our CRP within 6 months of the financial year end.

This CRP Statement is issued under the authority of the Management Representative, who is responsible for providing appropriate updates to the Board.  Responsibility for implementation of the plan rests with the Senior Management Team.