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NSW Health Pathology is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and our take-up of hybrid vehicles is just one example of how we’re making a difference to our environment and our bottom line.
The health of people and communities across our state goes hand in hand with the health of our planet and environmental sustainability is a high priority here at NSW Health Pathology.
Just one example of how we’re working to reduce our carbon footprint is the roll out of hybrid cars.
In our Strategic Plan – Toward 2025, NSWHP committed to delivering future focused infrastructure and strategic commissioning and to leading the implementation of eco-friendly, sustainable services and workplaces.
The NSWHP Strategic Leadership Team recently agreed to new principles for our courier and pool vehicle fleet.
NSWHP compared purchase price, running costs (fuel, servicing, repairs, tyres), estimated resale value, along with the type of driving, safety, and kilometres travelled each year. The analysis found that a hybrid SUV represented the best value for NSWHP along with a much better outcome for the environment due to the lower CO2 emissions of a hybrid vehicle.
This means that NSWHP will transition to hybrid SUV vehicles when they require replacement. All vehicles will be owned by NSWHP and will eventually have decals of our Aboriginal artwork and messages about lowering environmental impact. Vehicles will also be moved between sites as required to ensure more even use across the whole fleet.
Paul Dunn, Director of Finance and Corporate Services, said it will ensure lower overall costs for the organisation and very importantly lower environmental impact.
“Our vehicle fleet is now 30% hybrid, and every new vehicle is a hybrid,” he said.
“They are a very popular choice for our staff and have a great resale value.
“We are already seeing a reduction in overall fuel consumption, of up to 8%, despite increased kilometres, which could not have come at a better time with rising fuel prices.”
Mr Dunn said NSWHP is now working to pilot electric vehicles at the Forensic and Analytical Science Service (FASS).
“The challenges there are finding the right vehicle with enough storage capacity to be a courier vehicle, as well as the long lead times for vehicles and infrastructure.”
The great news for future purchasing is that car options that deliver an overall reduction in the environmental impact of the fleet are more available than ever.
So next time you see a NSWHP car, look for the hybrid tag and know that efforts are being made within our organisation to green our fleet!