A Greener NHS for Greater Manchester
On 1 July, the NHS became the first health system to embed a net zero commitment in legislation, through the Health and Care Act 2022.
To support this, all trusts and integrated care systems must now have a green plan setting out their aims, objectives and delivery plans for carbon reduction.
The Green Plan from NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care (NHS GM) has at its heart a commitment to achieve a net zero carbon footprint by 2038, as part of the
Greater Manchester Combined Authority Environment Plan. By 2045, this net zero commitment will also include the carbon impact of goods and services in line with a
national NHS target. As part of this journey we want to improve health and wellbeing, minimise environmental impacts, make healthcare more sustainable and increase
our focus on public health, whilst building greater resilience in our health and care system so we’re better equipped to deal with the impacts of climate change and
reduce health inequalities.
NHS GM was formed on 1 July following the passage of the Health and Care Act 2022. It took over from 10 clinical commissioning groups to become responsible for
the allocation of, and accounting for, NHS resources. The creation of this new organisation provides an opportunity to strengthen existing collaboration and build on
local initiatives. There’s some brilliant work already happening across our city region including the expansion of digital technology, the introduction of electric HGVs, a
reduction in the use of single use plastics in hospital catering and the growth of voluntary sector green space projects to boost mental wellbeing.
Head to the Greener NHS website to find out how you can act more sustainably. We can all make a difference!