Climate change poses a major threat to NHS staff, patients, and their communities. This is because there is a direct link between the health of our planet and the health of our people. The NHS is acting to reduce the harmful gases it puts into the atmosphere. Fewer emissions will mean fewer patients with asthma, heart disease, and cancer. It will also reduce any disruption to the delivery of the care we provide.
Since 2010, efforts across the health service have resulted in NHS emissions being cut by 30%. This is already improving care, as well as the health and wellbeing of our patients. Decisions have been made to invest in greener medicines, greener transport, greener buildings, and greener energy consumption.
Despite such brilliant progress, there is still more to be done. Together, with the help of staff across the NHS, we hope to achieve even more. With more people involved, we stand every chance of meeting our target of becoming a net zero health service by 2040. We were the first health service in the world to make the commitment and intend to be the first to reach that status.
As health and the environment are inextricably linked, climate action is not about sacrificing the quality of our patient care. Instead, it is about building new norms and establishing a green thread throughout our activity.
Our Lincolnshire System Greener NHS Plan outlines how we will reduce our environmental impact whilst improving health outcomes across Lincolnshire. The system is best-placed to achieve this, as the wellbeing of the populations that we serve is tied to the existence of our anchor organisations. This plan can achieve this twofold task, as many of the actions needed to reduce our carbon footprint have additional benefits for health.
Everyone can do their bit. No matter how small. The more of us who introduce small actions into our everyday routines, the more we can lessen our impact on the environment, and the more we can improve health.
The Greener NHS programme hopes to deliver long-term positive change for the planet and the health of its people. Be part of that legacy. Find out more and show your support today by visiting england.nhs.uk/greenernhs