Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) approached WRM in order to deliver a Sustainable Development Management Plan (SDMP) and an ISO14001 accredited Environmental Management System (EMS). LTHT needed support to develop a bespoke suite of sustainability documentation and initiatives in order to drive sustainability and secure senior level buy-in into the sustainability agenda. WRM provided bespoke consultancy support to produce a tailored, unique plan for LTHT that  delivered a clear and practicable action plan to advance sustainability at the Trust.



Energy Management

  • Promotion of CHP and Solar technologies for on-site, low carbon energy generation
  • Cost-benefit analysis of installation of energy efficiency measures
  • Upgrade of lighting to LEDs
  • Optimisation of air-handling plant

Clinical Sustainability

  • Worked with clinical colleagues to understand key areas for improvements
  • Award nominated work with anaesthetic department to reduce carbon emissions

Waste Management

  • Redirected waste streams from High-Temperature Incineration to Waste for Energy plants, delivering carbon and cost savings
  • Review and increase in recycling rates
  • Introduction of novel approaches, such as recyclable sharps bins

High-level engagement

  • WRM worked extensively to engage the highest levels of the organisation on the sustainability agenda. Board members including the CEO have been directly involved
  • Securing high level involvement has proven invaluable in delivering the agenda

Sustainable Procurement

  • Worked with procurement colleagues to include sustainability weighting on procurement decisions
  • Identification of areas for improvement and support to move towards more sustainable options

ISO14001 EMS

  • Implementation of the ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ cycle and necessary reporting tools, with a view to getting the Trust certified to ISO14001. This enables LTHT to track and monitor how they are performing against key targets

Colleague Engagement

  • Promotion of the sustainability agenda amongst Trust colleagues
  • Advocacy and education on the sustainability agenda


WRM have identified and implemented actions that will deliver a reduction in CO2e emissions of 16,000 tCO2e/annum.

This has delivered financial savings of £2.5million/annum by the end of the bespoke 5-year plan.

Senior level buy-in from the CEO and board members has also improved significantly, leading to additional support for future work.

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