The World Health Organization has dedicated this year’s World Health Day (7 April) to the theme of “Our Planet, Our Health”. NHS organisations are sharing their #GreenerNHS stories to inspire others as we work towards a net zero carbon NHS. Here at CHP, we have an ambitious Green Plan which sets out the changes we are making to support a #GreenerNHS and tackle climate change.
The CHP Green Plan ‘A Greener CHP, a Greener NHS’ outlines how we are working with customers, LIFTCos, ICSs and suppliers to contribute to the NHS net zero carbon ambitions. As part of the NHS family, we are supporting the NHS ambition to deliver the world’s first net zero health system. Since NHS healthcare estates & facilities account for around 15% of all NHS carbon emissions, we must work together on carbon reduction and other sustainability initiatives.
Our Green vision is to put sustainable development at the heart of our company to ensure our estate and operations are as efficient, sustainable and resilient as they can possibly be
Sustainable Facilities are one of our five strategic aims within our CHP Business Plan 2022/23 and Sustainability is one of our four corporate social responsibility pillars. We are embedding our Green Plan into our business, committing resources and the action we will take to ensure it is a success. Everyone at CHP can play their part to meet our sustainability goals and we are supporting our staff to make changes.
Read our Green Plan: A Greener CHP, a Greener NHS (PDF)
Our Green Plan objectives include:
- Corporate CHP to be Net Zero Carbon by 2030
- LIFT Portfolio to be Net Zero Carbon by 2040
- Meet our annual reporting requirements and obligations as a landlord, such as the minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES) and energy performance certificates (EPC).
We set out a roadmap against three themes:
- Embedding the Green Plan
- Digital and data
- LIFTCo Partnerships
In 2022 we are working on delivery plans, actions and targets. CHP is playing its part by installing LED lights, improving recycling facilities at our buildings, upgrading communal planting and gardens including planting trees. In addition, we have plans for more electric car charging points, bike storage and encouraging sustainable transport at our primary care buildings.
CHP is leading the way for a greener NHS, designing, funding and building Foleshill Health Centre in Coventry, as an example for future sustainable healthcare buildings.
NHS net zero
- By 2040 the NHS will reduce the emissions they control to net zero, saving lives and improving the world we live in.
- By 2045 the NHS will reduce the emissions it can influence to net zero. These are the emissions that are related to the goods and services we buy from partners and suppliers.
Since 2010, the NHS has cut its carbon emissions by 30%. The changes the NHS are making to tackle climate change at source are improving the quality of the care provided today, as well as saving money that can be reinvested in care. (Greener NHS).
7 April 2022
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