• Research and Development
    Research and Development
    If the NHS conducts R&D in a more sustainable way this will help reduce the NHS carbon footprint in time to meet its emissions deadlines. There are a number of areas that are currently benefitting from R&D projects.
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  • Legal Requirements
    Legal Requirements
    NHS organisations are steered by a series of statutory, regulatory, and policy requirements as well as high-level guidance.
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  • Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)
    Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)
    The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is a mandatory energy efficiency scheme affecting the majority of NHS organisations. Participating trusts are required to report their baseline energy use and their carbon emissions in their annual reports.
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  • Adaptation
    To enable the health system to prepare for these events the NHS SDU and its partners have developed updated guidance to help the health system adapt to climate change.
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  • The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)
    The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)
    The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) was the first large emissions trading schemes in the world. Launched in 2005 to combat climate change it requires participating organisations to monitor and report their CO2 emissions.
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  • Carbon Reduction Strategy
    Carbon Reduction Strategy
    The NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England (CRS) sets an ambition for the NHS to help drive change towards a low carbon society.
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  • Measuring carbon footprint
    Measuring carbon footprint
    Measuring the carbon footprint of your organisation is an important step in managing and reporting on its carbon emissions. You need to know what your current carbon footprint is to know if your actions have had an impact.
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  • NHS Carbon Footprint
    NHS Carbon Footprint
    The latest NHS Carbon Footprint data (2012) shows that carbon emissions for NHS England have stopped rising and are leveling off.
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  • Governance
    Sustainable Development and carbon management are corporate responsibilities. Clear governance provides an assurance process that considers requirements, both in terms of the law and to achieve high quality healthcare.
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  • Reporting
    NHS Trusts should report on sustainability as part of their annual reporting process.
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