Carbon hotspots Our health and the health of the environment are damaged by pollutants released and resources used in delivering care.
The world’s first combined health, public health and social care carbon footprint for a national health system estimates the health and care system carbon footprint to be 32 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e).
To protect the wellbeing of the UK population the NHS, public health and social care system has set an ambitious goal to reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions across building energy use, travel and procurement of goods and services by 34% by 2020.
There are a number of carbon hotspots covered in this section:
- Pharmaceuticals, medical devices and gases
- Travel and transport
- Anaesthetic gases
The full module can be downloaded below along with implementation notes to support delivery.
Module to support the delivery of the Sustainable Development Strategy
This implementation note accompanies a module developed for the Sustainable Development Strategy for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care System 2014 – 2020. It provides examples of practical approaches, actions, guidance and tools to help deliver the measures of success outlined in the module.