In January 2020 Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS, announced the launch of the #GreenerNHS campaign to the “climate and health emergency”. Through this campaign, the NHS aims to set a “practical, evidence-based and ambitious date for the NHS to reach net zero”, and a plan for how to meet its target.

Central to this effort is a consultation, in which the NHS called for case studies, data, ideas and research to help to  identify new opportunities for greening the NHS. The submissions, will be considered by a newly appointed ‘Net-Zero Expert Panel’, which includes UKHACC Chair, Dr Richard Smith.

UKHACC has made its own submission to the consultation, which presents opportunities and recommendations for how changes to the way the NHS operates in relation to procurement and waste, food, transport and air pollution, energy and advocacy and leadership, could help the health service to realise greater co-benefits to planetary health, finance and society.

Download and read the UKHACC submission here.

You can find out more information about the GreenerNHS campaign and consultation here. The  consultation closed on Sunday 22nd March, but if you have any final contributions to make you can submit them using the email address greener.nhs@nhs.net