Delivering a Net Zero NHS
- Fiona Daly Deputy Director of Estates - NHS England Commercial Directorate
In October 2020, the NHS became the world's first health service to commit to reaching carbon net zero, in response to the growing threat to health posed by climate change. The "Delivering a Net Zero Health Service" report sets out a clear ambition and two evidence-based targets to achieve this.
The NHS Greener agenda sets out its ambitions for medicines and the respective supply chain - "By working with our suppliers to ensure that all of them meet or exceed our commitment on net zero emissions before the end of the decade.". This however requires detailed input and then follow up analysis.
MTS is working closely with the NHS NHP Team on equipment advisory for the re- use of equipment in the forthcoming build of over 40 hospitals. Key will be the evaluation of the multiple Medical and Non-Medical Equipment Suppliers and their attitude to Net Zero Carbon.
We working with Parent Company Sodexo and other leading companies to put a set of parameters in place which will constitute the evaluation of the Net Zero Carbon grading. This might include:
- Distance travelled from origin of manufacturing
- % of the item that can be re-cycled
- Specific energy outputs (other carbon rating)
- Commitment that no parts made with slave labour
The health sector is a significant contributor to global carbon emissions, accounting for between 4-5% of total emissions. A large part of this is the supply chain with around 70% of the sector's emissions coming from the production and transportation of medical equipment. UK health service emissions correspond to that global average, accounting for between 4-5% of the UK's total carbon emissions. A clear strategy to work with the leading UK and global suppliers to reduce these emissions will contribute significantly to the NHS Targets.