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Net Zero NHS 1 October 2020

NHS becomes world’s first health system to commit to net zero (via Business Green)

By Toby Hill

Plan includes a string of new targets and commits NHS to reducing emissions under its direct control to net zero by 2040, before bringing its supply chain footprint in line by 2045

The NHS today took a major step into the decarbonised future, announcing a multi–year plan to become the world’s first net zero national health system.

The move aligns with recommendations by an expert group, the NHS Net Zero Expert Panel, which convened in January to analyse evidence on how the health service can help slash UK emissions. Based on its findings, the NHS has adopted two targets: for emissions under its direct control to reach net zero by 2040, with an interim reduction target of 80 per cent by 2028–32; and for its wider supply chain footprint to reach net zero by 2045, with an 80 per cent reduction target set between 2036 and 2039.

Interventions driving progress towards the goal will include developing new ways of delivering care at or closer to home; greening the NHS fleet, including road–testing a net–zero emissions ambulance by 2022; reducing waste of consumable products; making sure new hospitals and buildings are built to be net–zero emissions; and building energy conservation into staff training and education, the panel’s report says.

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