NHS carbon footprint

NHS carbon footprint

Below you will find a series of reports measuring the carbon footprint of the NHS in England.   

The latest report was published in January 2016 and is based on 2015 data.  It shows that the NHS carbon footprint in England is 22.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (MtCO2e). Between 2007 and 2015 the carbon footprint has reduced by 11%.

How the NHS Carbon Footprint is measured?

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. This hybrid approach covers scopes 1, 2 and 3 as identified by the GHG Protocol . The best available methods have been used, including directly measured data where this is available and supplemented with average carbon intensities from an input-output model.

Every dataset has been updated based on the most recent Defra guidance alongside the HM Treasury Green Book supplementary guidance for greenhouse gas appraisal. These footprints form a useful understanding of both the scale and changes in emissions over time. To ensure changes to the footprint are represented accurately the whole time series has been updated.