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NHS England Carbon Footprinting Report - Part 2

Classification:Health, Climate Change
Document type:SDC Reports & Papers
Download:NHS_Carbon_Emissions_modelling1.pdf - 326 KB
Summary:imageThe NHS has produced an NHS England Carbon Reduction Strategy, as part of a broader sustainable development agenda. To support this process, the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) has completed an updated carbon footprinting study - covering all NHS England Estates and activities - in conjunction with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

The footprinting report summarises NHS England carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the years 1992-2004 in three primary sectors - travel, building energy use and procurement - and their associated subsectors.

Among the key findings listed in the report, we revealed that:

• NHS England's carbon footprint rose by 12% from 1992 to 2004.
• The NHS England footprint for 2004 represented 25% of the England's public sector carbon emissions.
• Procurement formed 60% of the emissions for which NHS England is responsible

We recommended that NHS England should:

• Base its carbon reduction strategy on the SDC's findings, and work to develop an ambitious programme of action to cut emissions.
• Set itself a challenging 2020 emissions target, and outline policy interventions which will have a real
impact on emissions.
• Focus on the procurement sub-sectors with the largest carbon impacts.
• Strengthen future input data to carbon modelling work through mandatory capturing of energy usage data for buildings, and annual travel surveys.
• Develop a carbon scenario modelling tool to identify measures that would deliver real and achievable carbon reductions.
• Develop a carbon measurement tool to enable NHS Trusts and organisations to understand their own
carbon footprint, and develop carbon management techniques to reduce their emissions.

» Download NHS England Carbon Footprinting Report - Part 1
» Download NHS England Carbon Footprinting Report - Executive Summary

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