For eleven consecutive years, Providence Health Care has been proud to be carbon neutral, through our purchasing of carbon offsets.
As an organization driven by innovation and social justice, we believe that our role as health care providers goes beyond caring for individuals and to caring for the environment too. Stewardship is one of our key organizational values and throughout our more than 125 years of providing compassionate and innovative care, teaching and research, we have been responsible and accountable stewards. For us, that includes taking personal responsibility for the carbon footprint produced by our operations and facilities.
In 2020, Providence had a carbon footprint of 10,564 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e), which was offset at a total cost of $248,975. This represents a 7.2 per cent decrease in carbon emissions relative to the 2019 year. The amount of GHG emissions in 2020 was 3,177 tCO2e which is 92 tCO2e (3%) lower than the same timeframe in baseline year of 2007 (3,269 tCO2e).