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Develop a plan for sustainability in your specialist area

Organisations can develop plans for sustainability in their specialist areas of practice and work with health systems to implement these

The UK Government All Our Health guide highlights that policies and commitments require the health sector to take action on the climate crisis. These commitments are essential because the health service accounts for about 5% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Particular carbon hotspots include supply-chain derived items such as pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, as well as some anaesthetic gases and patient or staff travel. The health system also contributes to plastic and air pollution. Every part of the health service needs to change, and those working in specific areas of practice will be key to leading the change in their area.

Some of these links may be useful:

Green Surgery Project

A collaboration involving multiple organisations involved in the delivery of surgical care to produce recommendations and guidance for more sustainable delivery.


Green ED

Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) initiative to measure and reduce the environmental impact of Emergency Departments in the UK, to drive environmentally sustainable practices

Green ED

Sustainable Healthcare Coalition

A healthcare sector led group that looks for the greatest opportunities to inspire sustainable practices in healthcare through collaboration.