NHS consults on new strategy to reduce carbon emissions

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 30 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f627
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

NHS leaders in England are seeking a fresh “mandate” to speed up the greening of healthcare, warning that targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions will not be met by current means.

Experts launching a consultation on a new sustainable development strategy for 2014-20 said that a new strategy needed to be far broader in scope and more radical than its predecessor, the NHS carbon reduction strategy of 2009.

Although reducing carbon emissions should remain a core objective, the new strategy should seek “transformational change” and foster genuinely sustainable models of care, they said.

David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS Commissioning Board, launched the document on 29 January alongside Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, and other senior figures.

Nicholson said, “This is an ideal moment for everyone in the NHS to come together to create a far …

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