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Sustainability in the NHS

These web-pages have been designed to help NHS Foundation Trusts and other healthcare organisations plan for sustainable development. They summarise the key sustainable development initiatives, targets and reporting mechanisms that apply to Foundations Trusts.

The National Health Service (NHS) is the largest employer in the UK and has the capacity to drive reform not only through products and services that it procures directly, but also those throughout its supply chain. How the NHS behaves as an employer, purchaser, and partner can make a huge difference to sustainability in the UK.

Five key areas are addressed to reflect carbon reduction strategy produced by the  Department of Health's environmental strategy for the NHS:

  • waste
  • procurement
  • travel
  • energy
  • water

These principles are illustrated by examples of policies, actions, and reporting mechanisms that have been adopted by BRE's partner, the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).