Health and care system (HCS) carbon footprint



Understanding the impacts that services make on the environment is key to valuing natural resources. Carbon emissions are the best currently recognised measure of this.

The report estimates the health and care sector carbon footprint is 26.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 2015, representing 39% of public sector emissions in England.

This consumption carbon footprint includes emissions from building energy use; travel to and from sites; as well as goods and services purchased by the NHS, public health and social care system. This hybrid approach covers scopes 1, 2 and 3 as identified by the GHG Protocol.

Earlier carbon footprints for the NHS are available here

The full report can be downloaded below.