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About Sustainable Development

Sustainable development helps us to change the ways in which we function by considering the environmental, economic and social impacts of our actions.

These pages follow the five key areas covered by the Department of Health's environmental strategy for the NHS: energy management, procurement, travel, water and waste. These principles are supported by examples of policies, actions, and reporting mechanisms that have been successfully implemented by the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).

NHS Foundation Trusts are required to produce carbon management and sustainable development plans, and to report their progress annually to the Independent Regulator. Monitor is the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts and requires annual statements on sustainable development from each Trust covering energy, waste, and social issues.

The NHS SDU, within its Carbon Reduction Strategy, requested that all NHS Trusts have a Carbon and Sustainability Management Plan in place by April 2010 which is board approved and commits to the Good Corporate Citizenship Assessment model.