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Trusts need support to help NHS meet net zero ambitions, say leaders

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 29 June 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1660


Progress towards a carbon net-zero NHS

  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London, UK

Health bosses have welcomed progress towards reducing the NHS’s carbon footprint but say new government funding to help some hospitals save energy may not be enough to meet ambitions.

Under the national strategy, launched in October 2020, the NHS in England has committed itself to becoming “net zero” by 2040 for greenhouse gas emissions produced by its services, buildings, and vehicles.1

NHS England and NHS Improvement’s public board meeting on 24 June approved further steps to deliver this target, including the allocation of £260m (€302m; $360m) decarbonisation funding to around 30 trusts and a timetable for trusts and local health systems to deliver green targets.

At the board meeting, …

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