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Our environment vision

Our vision is to embed sustainability in our culture, operations and services to deliver our brilliant business within the means of the planet. 

Our strategy is made up of these key areas:

Our environment goals

We have set out long-term environment goals across three core areas: 

1. Mitigate and adapt to climate change

  • by 2025, greenhouse gas emissions we can control will be reduced by 60% (against a 2017-18 baseline)
  • by 2030, greenhouse gas emissions we can control will be net zero
  • by 2035, greenhouse gas emissions for our critical and high impact suppliers will be net zero
  • by 2040, greenhouse gas emissions we can influence will be net zero 

A list of greenhouse gas emissions we can control and influence

Emissions we can control

Direct - scope 1

  • gas
  • fugitive emissions
  • NHSBSA fleet and leased vehicles

Indirect - scope 2

  • electricity

Indirect - scope 3

  • energy well-to-tank
  • passenger and business travel (including public transport, taxi travel, grey fleet and hire cars)
  • waste
  • water

Emissions we can influence

Indirect - scope 3

  • purchased goods and services
  • staff commuting
  • homeworking emissions (largely emissions associated with energy consumption)

This infographic shows the greenhouse gas emissions we can control and influence:

Emissions we can control and influence

2. Minimise waste, promote resource efficiency and move towards a circular economy

  • by 2025 we will reduce our operational waste by 35% (against a 2017-18 baseline)
  • by 2030 we will design waste out at source and embrace a circular economy, reducing our consumption of resources and reusing, refurbishing, and recycling all that we can

3. Support a greener NHS

Use our services, data and insight to drive more sustainable methods of care, to encourage the engagement of NHS staff in promoting and delivering improved sustainability, to reduce health inequalities and be a catalyst for better health.