We’re aiming for net zero – what does this mean?
01 December 2020
By Hayley Carmichael
Our Care Without Carbon programme is challenging the Trusts we work with to do more to reduce their impact on the environment and we’re excited to reveal that our big ambition is to be net zero as by 2040.
What is net zero?
As part of our ongoing programme Care Without Carbon we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint as a Trust. Our goal is to reduce our carbon emissions by 51% by 2025. But we have an even bolder ambition…we are planning how to reach net zero by 2040 in line with the plan set out by NHS England.
You can read the full NHS England plan for decarbonising healthcare here.
Net Zero means that we don’t add any more carbon to the atmosphere than we remove from it. This allows for carbon offsetting to balance the carbon we can’t avoid producing.
How do we get there?
There are two clear aims we will work towards:
- for the emissions we control directly (the NHS Carbon Footprint), net zero by 2040, with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction by 2028 to 2032
- for the emissions we can influence (our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus), net zero by 2045, with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction by 2036 to 2039
While these targets are ambitious they are achievable, and with focused work we can reach them. We will develop our Care Without Carbon strategy to enable us to achieve net zero and over the coming months and years everyone will have a part to play in getting us there.