The government has committed to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. To achieve this, the public sector and organisations that provide NHS services must play a leading role in reducing its own carbon footprint, including through sustainable procurement practices.
The NHS Long Term Plan supports wider social goals and recognises the NHS as an ‘anchor institution’. With an annual budget of £114 billion in 2018 to 2019, and employing 1.4 million people, it is clear that the NHS has a key role in creating social value in local communities. And we know that NHS staff overwhelmingly support a greener NHS – almost nine in ten supporting a greener NHS. And this support is turning into action. Since 2010, the NHS has cut its carbon emissions by 30%.
Find the ICS Green Plan below:
Please find a list of resources for health professionals below:
Breaking the fever: Sustainability and climate change in the NHS | RCP London
Breaking the fever ia a four page overview of the impact of climate change on healthcare in the UK, and how physicians and the NHS can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.