Ambulance Victoria, a GGHH member from Australia, have submitted a new case study in which they describe their long-term action plan to source 100% of their energy needs from renewable sources by 2025, and to transition to net zero carbon by 2050.

In July 2020, Ambulance Victoria signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for sites with high electricity use, which now are powered by 100% Green Power, sourced by an accredited renewable energy Victorian wind farm. According to their study, Ambulance Victoria has been able to reduce overall emissions by approximately 7% since their PPA.

They estimate that sourcing 100% of their energy needs from renewable sources by 2025 would entail a 27% reduction in their overall emissions profile. In order to do this they plan to implement further actions such as behind the meter solar projects, experimentation with battery storage and the design of a ‘net zero carbon’ ambulance branch.  

Health care in Australia is estimated to contribute 7% of national emissions. For that reason, Ambulance Victoria recognizes the need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and contribution to climate change, and believes it has a moral obligation to residents of Victoria to build a responsible business that leads by example.

‘Climate change is not only an environmental and economic issue – climate change is a health issue,’ said Associate Professor Tony Walker (CEO of Ambulance Victoria)

 

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