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.

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, on World Environment Day 2020 on Friday 5 June, we released five updated pledges:

You can also download a two-page summary for quick facts and stats about our 19/20 successes and 20/21 plans. Download here.

Waste management

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. Please download the guidance and put them up next to your containers.

You can also find NHS England's guidance on how to dispose of COVID-19 related waste, including face masks, here.

Webinar: Driving a greener NHS

To find out about more about how we're driving a greener NHS, watch our webinar. On 17 June, our Energy and Environment team discussed each pledge in detail - the progress we've made to date and what's next - before taking questions from the audience.

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.


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.