NHS Digital pledges to tackle the net-zero challenge

As part of the Greener NHS programme, NHS Digital has set out its sustainability pledges to help drive the organisation down to net zero.

Following two weeks of sustained focus on environmental concerns at COP26, NHS Digital has pledged to reach carbon net-zero to help reduce the environmental impact of digital services, supporting the NHS to deliver on its aim to be the world’s first net-zero health service.

The full report is available here. The pledges are committing NHS Digital to becoming a net-zero organisation at the same time providing leadership to the NHS in adopting sustainable digital services – including the establishment of a cloud centre of excellence that will support the shift to more resilient and sustainable cloud hosting arrangements. They also intend to support staff to take action to achieve net-zero.

Patrick Clark, NHS Digital’s Associate Director of Core Infrastructure Services said: “We’ve already made some positive steps towards reducing our impact on the environment and our Corporate Sustainability Programme is now developing a comprehensive Sustainability Strategy for the organisation.

“This will map out how we can successfully become a Net Zero organisation and contribute to making the NHS more sustainable and resilient. We are encouraging everyone in our organisation to play their part in helping the NHS minimise its impact on the environment and maximise its resilience for the future.”

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