NHS Carbon Reduction

The Nottingham Energy Partnership is an independent charity and social enterprise.

We have been working with NHS trusts for over a decade on carbon reduction and public health projects. We work with trusts across the UK to support carbon and natural resource accounting and reporting. We have supported many trusts realise the cost, carbon and health co benefits from action to improve natural resource efficiency across energy, waste, travel and procurement. 

In 2011 we were awarded the global BMJ award for ‘Sustainable Healthcare’ alongside NHS Nottingham and NHS Nottinghamshire.

At the end of 2011 we attended a symposium hosted by the Climate and Health Council. At the event we committed some of our time to assess and publish the current level of reporting on carbon emissions being undertaken by NHS trusts across the UK. 

Climate change is also recognised as one of the greatest health threats of the 21stCentury[1].  The NHS as a whole, if ranked as a state, would have the 69th largest carbon footprint of the 178 states for which there is data available. Some individual NHS trusts have country sized carbon footprints. With such a huge opportunity to impact, not only the UK’s carbon footprint, but also emissions at a globally significant scale, it is essential that trusts good work and commitment is evidenced and reported. Good management of natural resources keeps money where it is needed, to delivery sustainable healthcare. 

Within this year’s Manual of Accounts from the Department of Health too, it is made clear that all NHS Trusts, PCTs and SHAs are required to produce a Sustainability Report in 2011-12 and beyond as part of their Annual Report. Trusts are being encouraged to use the guidelines produced by the NHS Sustainable Development Unit.  In 2010-11 the DH requested that sustainability reports be included though were non-mandatory.

We reinvest all income we make from our consultancy services back into public health and carbon reduction programmes. If you would like to talk to us about how we can support your trust in accounting for reducing natural resource use, carbon emissions and costs please look at our consultancy pages or contact us.

The table below ranks trusts from 1 to 5 on the basis of the published data available on their use of natural resources. 

To find out more, follow the links below:

View NHS Trust Carbon Footprint Table

View our Analysis on NHS Trust Carbon Footprint reporting


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