Net zero will be made possible through innovation and collaboration

The NHS is a cornerstone of our society, with millions of employees, and tens of millions that rely on it. But due to this vast size and reach, it’s not surprising that it has such an impact on the country’s carbon emissions.

Together we can change this. Our network acts as a pillar in the development and uptake of technologies and best practices designed to reduce emissions in healthcare.

The climate crisis is a health problem

The NHS is responsible for 4% of England’s total carbon footprint. Contributing to:

  • Increased air and water pollution
  • Increased allergens
  • Extreme heat

All of which can cause illness, exacerbate long term health conditions and lead to poor mental health (Jones, 2022).

A net zero NHS

The NHS has the power to use innovative solutions to address the climate crisis and make a more sustainable health system.

In 2020, the NHS released its report, Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service, outlining its ambition to do just that.

The role of the AHSNs

Our unique role working with industry, academia and the health and care system in regional and national settings puts us in the perfect position to support the drive for sustainability at every level.

In the same year the 2020 NHS report was published, we launched the AHSN Network Environmental Sustainability Community of Interest. This functions as a hub for sharing best practice and finding innovative ways to collectively solve common issues.

Critically, alongside finding solutions for the NHS to be more environmentally sustainable, we’re holding ourselves accountable for our own impact on the environment.

Find information about environmental sustainability at your local AHSN here:

Innovation projects

We host regular webinars on Net Zero topics where we hear from innovators at the cutting edge of sustainable practice. You can watch all of our webinars on our YouTube playlist.

Support for NHS organisations

If you are an NHS organisation looking to access support on improving sustainability, contact your local AHSN.

Support for innovators

If you already have an innovation that works towards a net zero goal, or you want information about how to make your innovation as sustainable as possible, find out how we can support you.