NHS to step up climate action and drive towards net zero future

The health and care system in England is currently responsible for between 4% and 5% of the country’s total carbon footprint and the NHS itself notes climate change and harmful air pollution are inextricably linked

The NHS has announced it is to step up action to tackle the climate emergency and drive towards reaching the national target of reaching net zero by 2050.

NHS Chief Sir Simon Stevens announced the organisation and its staff will fight the climate "health emergency" and in doing so, reduce rates of heart attacks, strokes and asthma, ease pressure on emergency departments and save tens of thousands of lives.

The health and care system in England is currently responsible for between 4% and 5% of the country’s total carbon footprint and the NHS itself notes climate change and harmful air pollution are inextricably linked.

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