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: 
  1. Pharmaceuticals, medical devices and gases 
  2. Energy 
  3. Travel and transport
  4. Waste
  5. Anaesthetic gases


The full module can be downloaded below along with implementation notes to support delivery.