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Reducing carbon footprint

The NHS aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 28% between 2013 and 2020.

Here in Bournemouth we have developed a Sustainable Management Plan which outlines the objectives and targets for the Trust over the next 5 years. Following our Sustainable Development Management Plan, we hope to contribute towards the NHS becoming a low carbon, Sustainable provider of healthcare.

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Carbon reduction target

The NHS has set a carbon reduction target of 34% from 1990 levels by 2020. This equates to a reduction of 28% from 2013 emissions. To achieve this reduction we are working on a number of low carbon technologies including:

  • Energy, water and carbon management
  • Sustainable procurement and food
  • Low carbon travel, transport and access - see Travel Plan
  • Waste reduction and recycling
  • Green spaces
  • Staff engagement and communication
  • Buildings and site design
  • Organisational and workforce development
  • Partnership and networks
  • Governance, IT and finance

Sustainable development Assessment Tool (SDAT) and cost improvement

We are committed to minimising the impact of our activities on the environment, and in doing so reinforce our commitment to both Sustainable Development Assessment Tool and cost improvement. The SDAT tool helps to assess how sustainable an organisation is, and benchmark progress on sustainable development against the UN's Sustaiable development Goals. Find out more at:

Carbon Management Group

Monitoring, reviewing and reporting of energy and carbon management are carried out quarterly via the Carbon Management Group.

To find out more about the NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy please visit the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) at: