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.
Environmental sustainability – from peripheral projects to mainstream policy
How do we embed sustainability into the fabric of how we plan and deliver healthcare to make it integral to organisational success?
18 November 2022
Publications and blogs
Sustainability in the NHS – what’s the theory and what’s the practice?
Being a major producer of carbon emissions in England, the NHS has many opportunities to tackle climate change and become more sustainable.
14 October 2021
Putting sustainability at the heart of an NHS reset
This briefing summarises views from health and environmental leaders on how healthcare can improve its approach to climate issues.
18 December 2020
NHS Reset: A green NHS reset
The importance of climate action before, during and after COVID-19.
23 October 2020
NHS Reset: Let's reset the NHS to green
A look at how to harness the positive environmental impact of COVID-19 and reset to a greener NHS.
24 August 2020
Boards and non-executives driving sustainability in their organisation
Gain an understanding of the critical links between quality, finance and workforce and place-based decision-making.
25 January 2019
Health, wealth and wellbeing: The NHS' role in economic and social recovery
This briefing, prepared by the Welsh NHS Confederation, examines the importance of the nation’s healthcare system and its role in local economies.
20 October 2021