£400m of potential savings that can reduce carbon emissions by 1 million tonnes

£400m of potential savings that can reduce carbon emissions by 1 million tonnes

The NHS and wider health sector could save up to £414m and cut 1 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year by 2020 through making changes that can also benefit people’s health.

A new report by the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England selected 35 areas and calculated their financial and environmental benefits. 

The Securing healthy returns report outlines areas that offer potential cash savings and environmental benefits. These include providing mental health services to people being treated for physical health needs in hospitals, encouraging staff to travel to work by bike or foot and increasing use of technology for communication – for instance between staff and for patients with long term conditions.

Alongside the report are a number of online tools which are designed to help decision makers better understand what different interventions can deliver both nationally and for their organisation.

Find out more here.