How the American Red Cross is Reducing Impact on the Planet

February 13, 2024 | by

How is the Red Cross Reducing Carbon Emissions?

Focused on reducing carbon emissions in three areas – facilities, fleet and supplies – the Red Cross successfully slashed emissions by 8% in FY23.

In its facilities’ emissions, this is being achieved via energy efficiency and renewables.

After conducting assessments at 28 of its largest facilities, the Red Cross identified efficiency improvements with solutions including efficient HVAC systems and smart thermostats.

At its Biomedical facility in North Carolina, building automation systems were installed to help reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by 15%.

Plans over the next year include installing 1,300 smart thermostats in over 350 facilities to provide greater control and visibility over consumption.

What’s more, the organisation has procured renewable energy in 169 of its facilities across 16 states already – and in the upcoming years, the goal is to have 80% of facilities using renewable energy.

With its fleet, the Red Cross is looking to reduce the environmental impact of around 4,300 vehicles by replacing gas-powered vehicles with hybrids and switching to EVs.

“Right now, we’re piloting EV to identify the opportunities where [they] will work for us in our operations without compromising our ability to deliver our services,” explains Anderson. “We’re also making significant investments to expand our use of hybrid vehicles. Last year, we had 16 hybrid vehicles across our entire fleet, and now, we’re up to 135 hybrid vehicles. Our goal is to add more than that next year.”

A further 160 hybrid or EV models will be added to the fleet in FY2024.

And finally, in supplies, the organisation is estimating the scale of carbon emissions associated with its supply chain – and has successfully reduced emissions by 24% since 2019.


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