The NHS is the first health service in the world to commit to reaching net zero; we can only do this by working with all our staff and patients. Discover how the NHS is becoming greener, and actions you can take to help.
All 18 NHS Trusts in Cheshire and Merseyside have signed up to ambitious plans to make them net carbon zero by 2040.
Each Trust has published a Green Plan, key priorities from which are contained within the Cheshire and Merseyside Green Plan which will see opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and improve healthy environments across its estate.
Developing new buildings which are energy efficient and sympathetic to their local environment, creating nature gardens and wild spaces, using less water and paper, and improving the efficiency of heating and energy systems are just some of the plans being put in place to meet the target.
Other ways of reducing carbon such as encouraging more walking, cycling and sustainable travel for staff and patients, and exploring the use of re-usable equipment are also part of the plan.
As well as this, hospitals and other sites will look at how they can reduce the emission of damaging anaesthetic gases.
This is the first time that all 212 trusts in the country have their own roadmap to tackle climate change and meet the NHS’s net zero commitments. The new green plans are expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than a million tonnes in the UK over the next three years – the same as taking 520,000 cars off the road.
The climate crisis is recognised as a health emergency, which is why the NHS has become the first health service in the world to commit to reaching net zero; by 2040 for the emissions it controls directly, and by 2045 for the emissions it influences.
Thousands of deaths occur every year in Cheshire and Merseyside as a result of poor air quality and these often disproportionately affect our poorest and most vulnerable communities.
Discover how the NHS is becoming greener – READ
Cheshire and Merseyside Commits to Green Future – READ