Use of Refridgerant gases

Jake Richards made this Freedom of Information request to Grampian Health Board

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Dear Grampian Health Board,
I am writing to find out the use of refrigerant gases (commonly called 'F-gases') in cooling and chilling equipment, by your Health Board, in kg, for each of the last 5 financial years (ie, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21), broken down by individual gas type/designation.

These should include, but not limited to:
HFCs, including their common mixtures (eg R401A, R422A, R508B etc)
PFCs
and Sulphur Hexaflouride (SF6).

I also wish to know if these gases are included in your published Carbon Footprint.

I would also like a copy of any policy, plan or procedure relating to work to reduce the use of the gases with the biggest impact on Greenhouse Gas emissions and details of any target set by the organisation to reduce and/or eliminate them.

Yours faithfully,
Jake Richards

GRAM Foi, Grampian Health Board

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Dear Mr Richards

 

Please find attached an acknowledgement to your request.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Lynsey

Senior Information Governance Officer

 

Information
Governance Team NHS Grampian
Rosehill
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Aberdeen
Phone : 01224 551319
AB25 2ZG
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Dear Mr Richards

 

Please find attached response to your request.

 

Regards

 

Chris

 

 

Chris Morrice

Senior Information Governance Officer

Information Governance

NHS Grampian

ARI

Cornhill Road

Aberdeen

AB25 2ZG

 

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Dear Grampian Health Board,
I note that you did not include a calculation or explanation of the costs involved in providing the information. It would be useful if you could do so, to allow me to understand how best to reframe my request and not exceed the cost limit.
As I am sure you are aware, the FOI Act states that it is "the duty of a public authority to provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so", and the ICO consider it best practice to provide "arguments or evidence" when applying this exemption.

I would be grateful if you could offer me guidance into how I could best reframe the request in order to obtain as much of the information as possible, while bringing it below the cost limit.
As you may be aware, Section 16 of the FOI Code of Practice (https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...) advises that bodies should 'provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so' and ICO guidance (https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...) interprets this as a suggestion that the authority should provide suggestions of this nature.

Yours faithfully,

Jake Richards

GRAM Foi, Grampian Health Board

Dear Mr Richards

Are you requesting a formal Review of our response?

It is not clear from your email as you appear to be querying with a view to rephrasing your questions.

The guidance you have quoted refers to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which does not apply to Scottish public authorities which operate under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Under s.15 of the latter Act there is also a duty to provide advice and assistance but no obligation to go into detailed breakdowns when applying the cost exemption in initial responses. The rough estimate is generally accepted is if something would take an individual member of staff more than a working week to produce.

Our Facilities Head of Sustainability, Compliance and Risk, who provided the information for the response was asked for a rough timescale for the compiling and production of a register but indicated it would take considerable manual effort if not months for this to be done.

If we could have provided any further information which would have helped and was within the cost limit we would have done so, but on this occasion there appeared that there was nothing of value that he or we could suggest.

As we have a high volume of requests can I ask that you include our FOI reference number in any communication in order to identify the correct request.

Regards

Chris

Chris Morrice
Senior Information Governance Officer
Information Governance
NHS Grampian
ARI
Cornhill Road
Aberdeen
AB25 2ZG

Email: [email address]

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