Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s priority is to care for people and keep them well. This is supported by our ambitious ten year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing, which remains our core business.
In Our Shaping Our Future Sustainable Healthcare plan we have outlined our goals towards becoming a net zero public sector organisation by 2030.
We have made progress in achieving some of these goals already but we still have some way to go.
One of the ways in which we can make a huge difference in reducing our environmental impact is by promoting and improving sustainable travel to our sites. We encourage our staff, patients and visitors to consider reducing their carbon footprint by seeking alternatives to car travel.
Our ambitions echo duties based in law through the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act which requires us to improve the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of our area.
By promoting sustainable travel, we aim to reduce CO2 emissions and improve air quality at our hospital sites. While most people in the UK now experience good air quality, air quality improvements have been offset by ever increasing numbers of road vehicles, and air pollution is a significant public health risk.
The increased number of vehicles on site can cause congestion at peak times which can block access for emergency vehicles and cause delays for other site users.
We are one of very few city hospitals which provides car parking, and while we recognise its importance, caring for people and keeping people well will remain our core priority, along with compliance with our governance responsibilities.
While car parking remains free, there are not enough car parking spaces for all staff, patients and visitors, and in line with our commitments to sustainability there are no plans to increase car parking capacity.
There are a number of other ways in which staff, patients and visitors can access our sites including our free Park and Ride services for University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital Llandough.
Our sites are all accessible by public transport and we promote cycling and walking where possible.