Climate change and our impact on public health and the environment is recognised as one of the key global challenges of the 21st century. The health sector has a vested interest in improving public health through addressing the causes of air pollution and climate change.
The NHS long-term plan includes commitments to becoming a ‘greener’ NHS through halving carbon emissions by 2025 (vs 2007 levels), cutting fleet air pollutants by 20%, and reducing single use plastics across the NHS supply chain. Making these ambitions a reality will affect decision making across all areas of the healthcare system and require environmental impact assessment to become a key driver of innovative service delivery.
This award will recognise those organisations redesigning working practices to deliver greener and more efficient services, and who are actively adopting new innovations to reduce waste, water, energy consumption, carbon and single-use plastics.
This award is open to all NHS organisations within the UK.