Sustainability

Sustainability policy

Our aim is to deliver sustainable events which combine content, substance, and engagement. We aim to be carbon neutral by 2025.

Scope and Objective
This policy explains HCID-training UK’s approach to sustainability for our events and clearly communicates this to our employees, sponsors, clients, venues, and suppliers. We run multiple courses, each with a different set of clients and our approach to sustainability is tailored to each event. The objective of this policy is to provide clear cross-event guiding principles for all our event planning and decision-making.

Rationale

Climate change is a major threat and carbon reduction measures across all sectors are required to mitigate the worst effects. Healthcare comprises 4% of the UK carbon footprint and the NHS in England has committed to carbon neutrality for scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2040, and scope 3 emissions by 2045. We deliver services to the NHS and aim to exceed these targets.

Energy
We favour venues who source their energy from renewable sources and use energy efficient systems and policies. Where this is not possible, we will deliver carbon offsetting to cover the carbon footprint of our events from 2024. On site at the event, our staff are diligent in checking that lighting, air conditioning and equipment are turned off when not required, and we ask our suppliers to do the same.

Transport and Air Emissions
We favour venues that are local to the delegates, accessible by public transport, and welcoming to guests arriving by bicycle or on foot. We choose venues with suitable in-house AV and other required equipment to reduce shipping needs. We encourage delegates to travel in a sustainable manner to our events. This includes providing public transport directions. We look for ways to consolidate and reduce the number of deliveries required.

Waste and Recycling
We favour venues which provide fully re-usable equipment, especially for refreshments. We try to ensure that there are no single-use plastics provided at our events. We ensure that as far as possible, all recyclable waste is properly recycled.  We encourage the use of electronic communication methods as much as possible, such as for registrations and confirmations. We aim to re-use event materials as much as possible and failing this, we ensure they are recyclable.

PPE Consumables

We aim to minimise the use of single use PPE where possible. We undertake several strategies for this. First, we maximise the use of reusable PPE (gowns, visors, boots). Second, we aim to use PPE which is at, or approaching the end of use date and therefore not suitable for clinical use. Third, we recycle all PPE components where possible.

Supply Chain and Communication
We favour venues and suppliers who have net zero delivery targets and realistic plans.  Where possible we try to source suppliers close to the event venue. When ordering event materials, we look at where the item is produced and how it is transported at each stage. We communicate with all suppliers about our sustainable approach to events.
Where appropriate, suppliers are required to complete a sustainability assessment. Where appropriate, we will include clauses in supplier contracts which hold them accountable for actions relating to sustainability.

Food Supplies
When ordering catering we engage with suppliers to make sure that all produce is vegetarian and sourced locally where possible. We aim to minimise single use packaging.

Carbon accounting & offsetting

To understand our impact, we undertake assessment of scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions on annual basis. We prioritise carbon reduction measures and mitigation strategies over offsetting. Where offsetting is required to reach net zero, we use UK based offsetting accredited by the Woodland Carbon code.

Compliance
We are working towards compliance to the ISO 20121 sustainable events standard.