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Cutting carbon in the NHS

The NHS has a carbon footprint of 18 million tonnes of CO2 per year. This is made up of energy (22%), travel (18%) and procurement (60%). There are carbon reduction targets for NHS Trusts and other public bodies to reduce their 2007 footprints by 10% by 2015, 20% by 2020, and a massive 80% by 2050.

We have a Sustainable Management Plan which sets out what we need to do to reach the targets, together with an action plan on how we are going to do it. This includes looking at things such as:

  • Procurement and food – is there waste from unused products
  • Renewable energy, such as solar panels
  • Energy reduction
  • Increased recycling opportunities on wards and departments