Driving a greener NHS

Climate change and the way we interact with our environment has a significant impact on our health. The UK government has therefore set a target for the country to become net zero carbon by 2050, with the NHS striving to be the first national health service to be net zero carbon by 2040.

In support of these targets and with over 3000 properties in our portfolio - that's 10% of the NHS estate - NHS Property Services is in prime position to lead the way in reaching net zero carbon by 2040 by reducing the negative environmental impact of our buildings and creating awareness amongst our people and the occupiers of our buildings to help us do this. By working together, we can drive real change.

Waste management resources

We've put together some guidance to help you separate waste at your site appropriately.

The guidance will help you understand what type of non-clinical waste should go into the different recycling bins and what type of clinical waste should go into the different colours of containers and bags.

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Getting NHS property to net zero

Cameron Hawkins, our Head of Energy and Environment, speaks to RICS Property Journal about how NHS Property Services are leading the way in reducing the NHS' environmental impact.

Picture of Devizes Health Centre, due to complete on 2022, which is going to be net zero carbon in operation which means the building will have the facilities, such as heat pumps and solar panels to generate electricity and heat to serve the building.

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How can you help?

To meet the UK Government’s net zero carbon goals, we need to work jointly with our customers to reduce energy consumption in each building.

You can help reduce your impact by:

  • Turning off lights and equipment when not in use and at the end of the day
  • Closing windows when heating or cooling a room
  • Closing window coverings at night to keep room temperature stable
  • Ensuring that you don't have heating and cooling simultaneously and that they are set to comfortable levels
  • Implementing a building/area shut down procedure so everything is turned off at the end of the day
  • Report any issues surrounding broken heating and cooling equipment and dripping taps to our FM Helpdesk

To find out more about your buildings energy performance or to get involved in energy efficiency please contact utilities@property.nhs.uk.

100% renewable electricity

By moving to 100% renewable electricity, NHSPS is offsetting over 37,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The use of renewable electricity hasn't increased costs to either NHSPS tenants or NHSPS itself and we are able to deliver some of the best prices in the market, while managing risk and maintaining budget certainty.

The move is in support of NHSE's Greener NHS campaign and forms part of NHSPS helping to transform the NHS estate so that it can provide sustainably run buildings that help to deliver excellent patient care.

100% Renewable Electricity Certificate

Download and display the Renewable Electricity Certificate from British Gas. This certifies that the electricity we are supplied with is backed by renewable generation Guarantee of Origin certificates.

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Get a copy of your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) on how it should be performing and is valid for 10 years. A copy of the EPC for your building can be made available upon request.

Request your EPC

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