Netcare is committed to conduct all of our operations in a manner which will sustain environmental resources. Our goal is to conserve and protect environmental resources across our operations, services and supply chain and to minimise our environmental footprint. Environmental optimisation is an important contributor to our quality improvement efforts and supports the Quadruple Aim framework adopted by the Group.
Our Group subscribes to the Kyoto Protocol and COP21 goals to limit global warming targets to below 2ºC and greenhouse gasses due to human activity, to such a point that trees, soil and oceans can absorb this naturally, between 2050 and 2100. We also participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project as well as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and are included in the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series.
Global Carbon Exchange SA (Pty) Ltd (GCX) independently assured the results published in our annual report for the purpose of reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The verification was performed at a limited level of assurance and in accordance with the principles of the WBCSD/WRI Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting Standard, 2nd Edition, 2004. The verification was carried out in accordance with the International Standard ISO14064-3 (2006) ‘Specification with guidance for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions’.
Our hospital, primary care, renal dialysis, cancer care and emergency medical services operations as well as our head office are focused on continuously improving their environmental performance through effective use of all resources and efficient management to minimise any adverse impact on the environment. Our Group's focus areas include energy and fuel consumption, emissions, water usage, general and healthcare waste, as well as green procurement processes and using green design principles in all new construction projects.
The security of electricity and water supply required for Netcare's high-acuity operations is critical in delivering the best clinical outcomes and patient experience. By adopting environmental best practices and limiting exposure to failure of consistent supply of services and future utility cost increases, Netcare is also focusing on ensuring the environmental sustainability of all its operations.
In 2013, Netcare embarked on developing a comprehensive environmental sustainability strategy for implementation throughout the Group, with energy, water and waste management as the initial key focus areas. This commitment to environmental sustainability, together with considerable investment in identified initiatives, has already yielded substantial reductions in energy consumption and related costs.