Green award for Northumbria’s electrical vehicles
The driving force behind Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s green transport success has been recognised nationally.
Sathish Sethuraman, the Trust’s Travel plan co-ordinator, has been named one of the electric vehicle champions at the GreenFleet awards 2018.
Sathish has been rewarded for his outstanding contributions to environmentally friendly transport, introducing a fleet of electric vehicles for use by the Trust. Concurrently, he has spearheaded the installation of 33 charging points at NHS sites across Northumberland and North Tyneside; leading to over 17,000 charging sessions – a 15% increase in charging sessions in one year.
Sathish said: “I am overwhelmed by this award! I am so thrilled our commitment to the environment has been recognised. We have made great strides over the last five years in our drive to become a more eco-friendly organisation.
“Electric vehicles are the way of the future. Not just as they help to reduce carbon emissions but also saves money – both on fuel and maintenance costs – meaning more money can be invested in vital patient care.”
Greenfleet promote green transport and their annual awards ceremony represents sustainability progress and the efforts taken to reduce carbon emissions. GreenFleet editor, Angela Pisanu, put Sathish forward for the award.
Angela said: “I was really engaged by Sathish’s obvious enthusiasm and positive ‘can do’ attitude in meeting the challenge of lowering carbon emissions. Our awards recognise the most exceptional work towards fleet sustainability and I am impressed by what Northumbria Healthcare has achieved so far.
“An award very well deserved.”
Green vehicles are just part of Northumbria Healthcare’s sustainability drive. Sathish and the team have also introduced a new public transport travel scheme for staff as well as installing showering facilities and bike sheds as part of the cycle to work scheme.
Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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