NHS commits to Net Zero Emissions

Friday 09 Oct 2020

Some very encouraging and exciting progress at the Interface of Climate and Health internationally. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has become the world's first health system to commit to bold targets for a Net Zero Health system.

Specifically, they have stated:

We are committing to tackle climate change by reducing our emissions to net zero. In doing so, our aim is to be the world’s first ‘net zero’ national health service. We are setting two targets:

  • For the emissions we control directly (the NHS Carbon Footprint), we will reach net zero by 2040, with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction by 2028 to 2032.
  • For the emissions we can influence (our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus), we will reach net zero by 2045, with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction by 2036 to 2039”.

For the Report that provides a detailed account of the NHS’ modelling and analytics see here.

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