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Greener NHS

There is mounting evidence of the effects of climate change upon both the environment and human health. Heatwaves, storms, and flooding can cause significant disruption to health services and have direct impacts on human health.

The Big Picture 

There is mounting evidence of the effects of climate change upon both the environment and human health. Heatwaves, storms, and flooding can cause significant disruption to health services and have direct impacts on human health. Air pollution is the single greatest environmental threat to human health, accounting for 1 in 20 deaths in the UK. Vulnerable populations areHealthier Planet (in green) Healthier People (in blue) often at the greatest risk.

The NHS has acknowledged its responsibility in this agenda and has committed to achieving a net-zero health service by 2045.

As part of this commitment, all Trusts, and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) are expected to produce a board-approved Green Plan which establishes a sustainability strategy for the next three years.

Our Green Plan 

Within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, we want sustainability to be integral to all our plans, programmes, and everyday practices. As a local business, service provider, and employer, we have an important role to play in reducing our direct carbon emissions and promoting greener practices within our community.  

Currently, we are working on our own Green Plan that will show our sustainability goals and how we will deliver against them as an ICS, and in collaboration with other local organisations and partnerships in our area.

We will share further information about the Green Plan on this page in the future.