Climate change

The climate emergency is a health emergency – the NHS has a significant role to play in responding to climate change.
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As the largest public sector contributor to climate change in Europe, the NHS has a vital role to play in redressing the climate crisis.

The NHS net zero strategy marks an important point in the relationship between the health sector and the environment and sets the ambition for the NHS to become the world’s first net zero national health service. Delivering this ambition will require commitment from across the health sector, as well as sustained and strong relationships with industry, academia and local government. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the NHS can act swiftly in an emergency, working in new and innovative ways and with a wide range of local partners. Our members are committed to playing their part to tackle climate change and to providing healthcare in environmentally sustainable ways.