NHS Property Services launches green plan to decarbonise estates by 2040

The three-year plan is part of the organisation’s ‘Delivering a Greener NHS’ programme, aiming to reduce its environmental impact and promote sustainable healthcare

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NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has launched its plan focused on decarbonising the organisation’s estates and supporting NHS England’s transition to net zero by 2040.

The three-year plan is part of the organisation’s ‘Delivering a Greener NHS’ programme, aiming to reduce its environmental impact and promote sustainable healthcare.

It includes carrying out decarbonisation feasibility studies for end-of-life gas or oil-fired heating systems, as well as establishing a calculation tool with carbon as the main metric cost savings.

The NHSPS, which manages more than 3,000 NHS properties, is also aiming to transition its 800 service vehicles and 130 company fleet to ultra-low emission vehicles, while supporting the wider NHS EV targets.

It will be opening its new Devizes Health Centre in Wiltshire to patients this summer, which is expected to be leading in the field of sustainable design as one of the first net zero health facilities across England.

The centre will use green technology, such as solar panels and heat pumps, to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

The organisation has already diverted 99% of its waste from landfill, reduced carbon emissions by 30% between 2017/18 and 2020/21, delivered associated cost savings of more than £23 million back to the NHS and switched to 100% renewable energy in April 2020.

Cameron Hawkins, Head of Energy and Environment for NHSPS said: “The relationship between our health and our environment are inherently linked. It is vital that sustainability values are embedded in everything the NHS does so that together we can improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.

“We have already made tremendous progress in decarbonising the NHS Estate and this bold, ambitious Green Plan will build on those successes and take our Greener NHS ambition to the next level. As owners of a large part of the NHS estate, we are in the unique position where we can make a substantial contribution to NHS England’s 2040 net zero targets.”