NHS SNEEICS - Green Plan

The opportunity – what we can achieve • 37,000 lives a year could be saved in the UK through more active lifestyles by using our feet and legs more and our cars less.3 • Transition towards an entirely zero emission NHS fleet. As a result of rapid improvements in ultra-low emission vehicle technology and a shift towards greener travel options the NHS carbon savings are estimated to be the equivalent to powering 100,000 homes with electricity for a year or taking 54,000 cars off the road.52 • Switching to active travel commuting, studies show that cycling to work is associated with a 46% lower risk of developing cancer.53 Strategic objectives Support an integrated electric vehicle charging infrastructure model that complements wider system partner networks thereby maximising collaborative working and investment. Continue to work with local authority partners on the planning and development of active travel infrastructure and engagement that promotes healthy low carbon alternatives. Why it matters Approximately 3.5% (9.5 billion miles) of all road travel in England relates to patients, visitors, staff and suppliers to the NHS, contributing around 14% of the system’s total emissions – 4% of which is within the control of the NHS directly.12 Road transport is the main source of nitrous oxide pollution emissions (34% and up to 80% near roadsides).54 This can exacerbate respiratory symptoms and those with heart conditions.55 Air pollution hotspots are often situated in areas of higher poverty and health inequality.55 During the first COVID-19 lockdown nearly 2 million people with lung conditions noticed improved symptoms as a result of a drop in air pollution (British Lung Foundation research).56 Key activity Work with local authorities to support the development of cleaner air zones, support active travel infrastructure and the location of EV charging infrastructure. Salary sacrifice schemes for bicycles and continued commitment to develop active travel infrastructure. Use digital transformation as an enabler to reduce staff, supplier and patient travel impacts whilst improving patient care and workforce productivity and wellbeing. Cross-reference air pollution and procurement projects and ensure anti idling work is uniform across our system wherever possible. Travel and transport Source: Gear change: a bold vision for cycling and walking57 What are the health benefits of physical activity Regular physical activity reduces your risk of... Dementia by up to 30% Hip fractures by up to 68% Depression by up to 30% Breast cancer by 20% Colon cancer by 30% Type 2 diabetes by up to 40% Cardiovascular disease by up to 35% All-cause mortality by 30% Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System Green Plan | 21 Key Themes