In addition to its support for the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has taken a number of practical steps to reduce its own impact on the environment:

  • Advocate
    RCEM have actively promoted discussion about the climate emergency. The College declared a ‘climate emergency’ in November 2019, and established an Environmental Special Interest Group (SIG) to lead their response. In the same year, they co-authored the UK Policy Briefing on the report of the Lancet Countdown on Climate Change – which tracks the current health impacts of climate change.

    RCEM also featured in a widely shared video produced by UKHACC as part of the #unmaskmycity campaign, calling for action on air pollution through the UK Environment Bill, and the chair of their environmental SIG has spoken at national meetings of clinical leaders to the college’s 2020 virtual scientific conference.

  • Plan
    RCEM has announced their intention to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, and is in the process of implementing internationally recognised standards of measuring and monitoring its environmental impact. The college’s CEO is a key member of the Environmental SIG established to lead the lead RCEM’s efforts to combat the climate emergency, and to create a detailed plan of action to meet their 2040 net-zero target.

  • Adapt
    RCEM purchases 100% renewable energy, and the closure of both of its buildings since Covid-19 lockdown has resulted in a significant reduction in carbon emissions. When the buildings were open the college was in the process of phasing out single-use plastics and was trialling a majority of vegetarian food in its catering.

  • Travel
    RCEM has cycle parking outside its main building and facilities inside for showering. Currently all RCEM staff are working from home and our flagship conference has gone virtual this year.

  • Finance
    RCEM sold all fossil fuel investments formerly held in its portfolio during London Climate Action Week in 2019, and has called for other institutions to do the same.

In addition to its support for the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has taken a number of practical steps to reduce its own impact on the environment:

  • Advocate
    RCEM have actively promoted discussion about the climate emergency. The College declared a ‘climate emergency’ in November 2019, and established an Environmental Special Interest Group (SIG) to lead their response. In the same year, they co-authored the UK Policy Briefing on the report of the Lancet Countdown on Climate Change – which tracks the current health impacts of climate change.

    RCEM also featured in a widely shared video produced by UKHACC as part of the #unmaskmycity campaign, calling for action on air pollution through the UK Environment Bill, and the chair of their environmental SIG has spoken at national meetings of clinical leaders to the college’s 2020 virtual scientific conference.

  • Plan
    RCEM has announced their intention to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, and is in the process of implementing internationally recognised standards of measuring and monitoring its environmental impact. The college’s CEO is a key member of the Environmental SIG established to lead the lead RCEM’s efforts to combat the climate emergency, and to create a detailed plan of action to meet their 2040 net-zero target.

  • Adapt
    RCEM purchases 100% renewable energy, and the closure of both of its buildings since Covid-19 lockdown has resulted in a significant reduction in carbon emissions. When the buildings were open the college was in the process of phasing out single-use plastics and was trialling a majority of vegetarian food in its catering.

  • Travel
    RCEM has cycle parking outside its main building and facilities inside for showering. Currently all RCEM staff are working from home and our flagship conference has gone virtual this year.

  • Finance
    RCEM sold all fossil fuel investments formerly held in its portfolio during London Climate Action Week in 2019, and has called for other institutions to do the same.