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Image - SWH team welcomes new hybrid vehicles, Craig Fraser (CEO), Elvira Hewson (Environmental Sustainability Officer), Tim Van Der Starre (Fleet Manager), Stuart Blignaut (Building & Infrastructure Manager) and Erin Weston (Sustainability Committee Memb

SWH Launches Enviro Plan

SWH Launches Enviro Plan

Image - SWH team welcomes new hybrid vehicles, Craig Fraser (CEO), Elvira Hewson (Environmental Sustainability Officer), Tim Van Der Starre (Fleet Manager), Stuart Blignaut (Building & Infrastructure Manager) and Erin Weston (Sustainability Committee Memb

SWH's 2020-24 Environment Management Plan Launched & More Hybrids Welcomed

South West Healthcare has today launched its 2020–24 Environmental Management Plan to provide a road map to continue implementing changes to further improve its environmental performance.

SWH Service Development Executive Director Jamie Brennan, said the plan, along with the continued ideas from their staff would help the healthcare provider to continue improving in the space.

"Health services require significant amounts of resources to be able to deliver quality healthcare services to the community and, in the process, generate significant emissions and waste" he said.

"The role of South West Healthcare is not only as a health provider, but also as a health promoter where we aspire for our communities to live long healthy lives aided by strategies to reduce negative environmental impacts"

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The four year plan was developed with significant feedback and input by the SWH Sustainability Committee and other key stakeholders across the organisation

Environmental Sustainability Officer Elvira Hewson says the plan has a strong focus on reducing emissions and minimising waste generation, with a new emphasis on commencing a process of climate change adaptation.

As part of recent changes in the environmental space, SWH has seen hybrid vehicles introduced into their general fleet.

The successful adoption of hybrids into the District Nursing Service fleet led fleet manager Tim Van Der Starre and regional supply chain manager Terry Hoy to convene a working group to investigate the financial, environmental and OHS considerations around standardising the general fleet and introducing hybrid vehicles.

As a result, a small, medium and SUV hybrid model are each currently being trialed in the general fleet.

"In a recent VICFLEET data analysis, the Department of Health and Human Services found replacing medium–large cars with a medium hybrid equivalent saves in the
order of 800kgCo2e per year" Ms Hewson said.

Another 10 hybrid vehicles have been bought and will arrive shortly, taking the overall count to 19 hybrid vehicles which makes up close to 20 percent of the entire fleet.

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