NHS SNEEICS - Green Plan

The NHS carbon footprint In 2020 it is estimated the NHS and its supply chain produced 31 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.12 The four main elements of the NHS carbon footprint are travel (14%), our estates (building energy and waste 15%) and medicines (inhalers and gasses 5%), with the remaining two thirds (62%) related to supply chain and procurement (in green). Our system-wide strategy is based on addressing these four elements under 12 themes interlinking different parts of the system to collaborate and add value. Within the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (SNEE ICS) we will be working with Greener NHS to identify our carbon footprint across our system to benchmark for this for the first time. Source: NHS Net zero strategy12 Commissioned health services outside NHS Medicines and chemicals Medicines, medical equipment, and other supply chain NHS carbon footprint Personal travel Anaesthetic gases and metered dose inhalers Business travel and NHS fleet Patient travel Staff commute Visitor travel 1% 4% 20% 10% 8% 24% 10% 5% 5% 4% 5% 4% Medical equipment Non-medical equipment Other supply chain Building energy Water and waste Sources of carbon emissions by proportion of NHS Carbon Footprint Plus Our approach; An opportunity Climate change is recognised as the greatest threat to healthcare in the 21st Century by The Lancet.3 In a climate emergency, it is also recognised this is a health emergency. Yet, if the UK hits its climate reduction targets becoming net zero in our emissions we can save over 100,000 lives per year.3 In the SNEE ICS our approach is to treat the climate and health emergency as an opportunity.15 It is an opportunity to improve how we deliver care, how we work with our partners and communities to prevent illness and be more sustainable in our day-to-day business. Our ICS Green Plan is the first step in our system-wide response to the health challenge that climate change brings. It links our five trusts’ green plans together into a coherent, over-arching strategy and includes primary care. As part of its development, the ICS has consulted with wider system partners on areas such as air pollution, travel and transport, and social value to ensure we have a wider collaborative foundation in place. In setting the foundation we have focussed on core NHS institutions within our system. During year one we will deepen the system-wide engagement, having already consulted with wider care partners (local authorities, voluntary and community sector organisations, social care, pharmacy, public health, academia and our communities). Widening the scope of this initial strategy in year one, we will incorporate these wider system partners with our action plans, ensuring its breadth expands beyond traditional NHS institutions. Introduction Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System Green Plan | 10