A greener health and social care system benefits everyone across South Yorkshire - our staff, organisations and communities - but also the wider world around us.
Find out how you can support SY to make our health and care system greener.
Healthier planet. Healthier people
Climate change poses a major threat to health and care staff, patients, and their communities. This is because there is a direct link between the health of our planet and the health of our people. The NHS is acting to reduce the harmful gases it puts into the atmosphere. Fewer emissions will mean fewer patients with asthma, heart disease, and cancer. It will also reduce any disruption to the delivery of the care we provide.
Change has already begun
Since 2010, efforts across the health service have resulted in NHS emissions being cut by 30%. This is already improving care, as well as the health and wellbeing of our patients. Decisions have been made to invest in greener medicines, greener transport, greener buildings, and greener energy consumption.
The challenge ahead despite such brilliant progress, there is still more to be done. Together, with the help of staff across the health and care sector, we hope to achieve even more.
We were the first health service in the world to make the commitment to reaching carbon net zero and intend to be the first to reach that status. We have set two targets:
- To reach net zero by 2040 for emissions the NHS controls directly (the NHS Carbon Footprint), with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction by 2028 to 2032
- To reach net zero by 2045 for the emissions the NHS can influence (the NHS Carbon Footprint Plus), with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction by 2036 to 2039
Discover how you can help
Everyone can do their bit. No matter how small. The more of us who introduce small actions into our everyday routines, the more we can lessen our impact on the environment, and the more we can improve health.
The Greener NHS programme, for example, hopes to deliver long-term positive change for the planet and the health of its people. Be part of that legacy. Find out more and show your support today by visiting england.nhs.uk/greenernhs