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With over 3000 properties and 5000 employees, we have a responsibility towards reducing the 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 reduce waste, the carbon intensity of our buildings, and operating costs.

Reducing the negative environmental impact of our buildings

The NHS is responsible for over 5% of the UK's carbon footprint 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 reducing the negative environmental impact of our buildings. With that in mind, in the lead up to World Environment Day 2020 on Friday 5 June, we are releasing one pledge a day to play our part to tackle climate change.

To find out more about how we're driving a greener NHS, join our webinar on Wednesday 17 June to hear directly from our Energy and Environment team. Find out more and register, here.

How can you help?

To do this, we need the help of our tenants since the majority of energy used in a building is dictated by their actions. 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

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

Procurement

In order to encourage the sustainable procurement of goods and services in all premises and across the organisation, NHS Property Services works in partnership with our suppliers, stakeholders and communities to consider the social, economic, environmental and ethical impact of our procurement techniques and processes.

Sustainability criteria is applied alongside value for money considerations in central purchasing. A selection of our sustainability principles include: >

  • Expectation that sustainable development principles (whole life costing) are embedded in core business
  • Contract assessment criteria on sustainable development principles
  • Utilisation of ‘Government’s Quick Wins’ to improve sustainable procurement for NHS Property Services
  • Driving of efficiencies through our bulk purchasing power and the Government Procurement Service
  • Reusing, refurbishing and recycling

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 to our Customer Support Centre.