Climate change has been widely recognised as one of the greatest threats to public health globally and nationally. As owners of 10% of the NHS estate, we play a key role in reducing emissions, helping the NHS adapt to climate change and building healthier communities.

This Green Plan is our commitment to reducing our environmental impact and promoting sustainable healthcare, enabling the NHS to deliver excellent patient care now and in the future.

While we are proud of our achievements so far there is still so much more needed to be undertaken together and as individuals. We will work with colleagues, customers, local communities and partners to lay the foundations for a greener, healthier and more equitable future.

52,815

tonnes of carbon saved since 2019

£23m

cost savings for the NHS since 2019

99%

waste diverted from landfill since 2019

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The NHSPS Green Plan sets out our plans for the next three years, in line with NHS England’s net zero carbon target for 2040. It is divided into eight deliverables:

  • Workforce and leadership
  • Sustainable models of care
  • Digital transformation
  • Transport and travel
  • Estates and facilities
  • Supply chain and procurement
  • Adaptation and biodiversity
  • Responsible landlord
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Our Green Plan at a glance

If you would like to get a quick overview of the key points in the Green Plan, take a look at our Green Plan summary.

This four-page summary shows what we plan to achieve and the actions we need to take across our eight different deliverables. 

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How to get involved

We look forward to working with you over the next three years, and beyond, to deliver a sustainable NHS estate that is future-proofed for generations of patients. It is only by working together and making informed decisions every day, both at home and at work, that we can drive real change.

Here's how you can get involved:

  • Have a chat with your local NHSPS facilities manager: There are a range of ideas to make a difference at your site which your facilities manager can help with. Some are very simple and personal like car sharing and using a reusable water bottle, and others are bigger items we can support with as your estates and facilities partner.
  • Share your Green Plan with us: We would love to see where the opportunities lie for us to work together and understand your plan of action so we can best support you.
  • Keep informed with our Greener NHS programme:  Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn and subscribe to our bi-weekly sustainability newsletter to find out about our latest net zero initiatives and more.

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