The global health sector accounts for around 4% of emissions worldwide. That’s more than shipping or aviation. The NHS carbon footprint totals 25 million tonnes per year – the same as the annual emissions of Sri Lanka.
Published in January 2019, the NHS Long Term Plan set out a commitment to deliver a new service model for the 21st century, and that new service model rightly includes a focus on sustainability and reduced emissions.
In September 2021, the NHS published its Net Zero Supplier Roadmap, charting a route towards a net zero healthcare system and laying out a collaborative process for the years ahead.
The leaders of more than ten major NHS suppliers publicly pledged their support for a healthier future during the important COP26 meeting in November 2021 by committing to reach net zero emissions by 2045 or earlier.
The NHS itself has acknowledged …read more