The BSTP is committed to sustainability in toxicological pathology and with the inclusion of the following paragraph in the constitution of the BSTP:
To acknowledge a duty of care, which extends to encompass the environment in which all humans and animals have a right to live and thrive. The BSTP is fully committed to sustainability of the environment and aims include the reduction of energy demands, the use of renewable resources and the use of recycled products wherever possible.
The BSTP has representation on the British Society of Veterinary Pathology's 'BSVP Green Team' to focus on the challenges that lay ahead, and the Royal College of Pathologists who released a Strategy For a Sustainable Future in May 2020 stating:
While no single organisation can alter the severity or pace of climate change, acknowledging its detrimental effects on both patients and society more widely is an important step towards improving the College’s impact on the environment.
The current BVA president will use this year to champion sustainability in the vet profession -
There is also now accreditation for "Investors in the Environment”. Many of the bigger practices have become accredited - you can call in a consultant from the Institute for Environmental Sustainability and Management (IEMS) to advise and see you through the process - maybe labs (CRO’s, etc) could be encouraged to do this. It does seem also to be very effective in saving money - thus a big incentive.
IEMS also run training courses and have information on saving energy, buildings, transport, travel etc., they also focus on veterinary practice, including the use of reagents, dealing with waste, water usage, sourcing sustainable suppliers etc.
For more information on IEMS visit - https://www.iemsme.com