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NHS Trusts: Carbon Emissions and Climate Change

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has provided to NHS trusts on declaring a climate emergency and target for net zero emissions.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The ‘For a Greener NHS’ campaign builds on the plans set out in the NHS Long Term Plan and will help address the causes of air pollution and climate change, which are linked to thousands of deaths each year. As part of this work the National Health Service is asked to take action in 2020, with the consultation on the new Standard Contract and the NHS Operational Planning Guidance setting out requirements to cut business mileage, purchase renewable energy, replace lighting with low carbon LED alternatives, reduce carbon across NHS estate and switch to lower carbon inhalers and anaesthetics.

In addition to this, an NHS Net Zero Plan has been established to chart a practical route map to enable the NHS to get to ‘net zero’. This panel, chaired by Dr Nick Watts, Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown, will set out recommendations to NHS England in the summer, in advance of the COP26 International meeting in Glasgow.

Additional information can be found at the following link:

www.england.nhs.uk/greenernhs

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