NHS Digital

Board Commitment

NHS Digital is committed to long term sustainable development, both environmental and social. Our key role is to improve health and care by providing national information, data and IT services for patients, clinicians, commissioners and researchers.  We recognise the potential impacts this role may have on the environment and are keen to ensure that sustainability forms part of the foundation for our future activities.

Progress 2017 - Internal commitments


Monitored and reported on CO2 emissions, resource use, sustainable procurement and biodiversity within Annual Report and have implemented an ambitious SDMP. Embedded sustainability within our core business, contributing to the Greening Government Commitments.

Progress 2017 - Influence through remit


Looked at potential to assess the environmental impact of new data collections. Move to extracting data from clinical records rather than establishing new collections. Explored impact of new IT services/strategies, new contracts to include sustainability.

New internal  and influence through remit objectives


Continue to investigate the potential to assess the environmental impact of new data collections. Explore the impact of new IT services/strategies as well as investigating new contracts to include sustainability consideration. Strive to reduce the carbon footprint of NHS Digital by 34% by 2020.