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At the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, our Vision 2025 is ‘Working together to provide outstanding care for our community’. This includes reducing our resource use so that we can operate more sustainably, reducing our climate change impact for our community and future generations.
In October 2020, NHS England announced their ambition to become the world’s first net zero national health service, setting the following two targets:
The NHS is responsible for 5% of the UK’s carbon emissions and 3.5%of all road travel. At the same time, climate change is recognised as having a negative impact on health, particularly in deprived areas, exacerbating health inequalities.
We are delighted to announce the launch of our Green Plan outlining our vision and strategy for how we will achieve our ambition of becoming net carbon zero.
As one of the largest employers in Berkshire, it is our responsibility to lead by example and show others what is possible. The Green Plan is our commitment to reduce our impact on the environment and to deliver sustainable healthcare, helping to secure better health, for life for generations to come. We will work with patients, staff, local communities and partners to put our organisation on a path to a cleaner, greener, healthier and more equitable future.
If you would like to be part of out Net Zero journey and can help us in anyway please email email@example.com
Net zero means achieving a balance between the greenhouse gases put into the atmosphere and those taken out. To achieve this aim requires us to balance the amount of greenhouse gases we emit with the amount we remove. When what we add is no more than what we take away we reach net zero. This state is also referred to as carbon neutral.
In the period 2022 to 2025, we will lay the foundations to achieve the NHS targets by focusing on the following activity.
To do this within our Green Plan, we have set out our focus for the next three years for a range of performance improvement projects including our key priority areas:
And we have also set out a longer list of areas and projects to be advanced over the full three-year period that needs to be addressed to decarbonise our healthcare system which include:
Developing a framework to evaluate carbon reductions associated with new models of care and implementation.
Agree business as usual plans
Increase use of local suppliers
Working with suppliers to ensure that they are committed to the NHS Net Zero approach before the end of the decade.
Reduce single use plastics
Work with on site retailers
Introduce advanced catering software to analyse data
By supporting the construction of our new ‘Net Zero Hospital’ and incorporating higher standards for construction and refurbishment of current buildings.
Maintain and enhance plants in existing green spaces
Development of a new memorial garden in health and wellbeing centre
Reduce the amount of waste produced by using less material
Staff awareness campaign
Work with local community to reuse and recycle