Plan published to cut Manchester’s NHS carbon footprint

It has set an aim for net zero by 2038

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An NHS body for Greater Manchester has published a new ‘Green Plan’, which it hopes will help the NHS achieve net zero by 2038 in the city.

NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care has released the plan, stating that the health and care system in Manchester currently has a carbon footprint of more than 1.4 million tonnes – equivalent to the electricity use of 276,000 homes for a year.

It claims the Green Plan would see 800,000 tonnes of carbon removed from this within three years – the same as 155,000 households’ electricity needs.

Utilising digital technology, cutting travel and encouraging cycling and walking, ensuring all buildings are energy efficient, buying sustainable food and cutting medicinal waste are key points from the plan.

Sarah Price, Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, said: “As the first integrated care system to declare a climate emergency, we have already signalled our strong ambitions in this area.

“We’re already making great progress with the introduction of electric HGVs, the expansion of digital technology, reducing the use of single use plastics in hospital catering, support for voluntary sector green space projects to boost mental wellbeing – and many more.”