‘Critical role of infrastructure’
in the Net Zero drive

Speaking at a Westminster Health Forum policy conference held online on 21 February, Lord Markham, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health & Social Care, discussed the ‘critical role of infrastructure’ in achieving the NHS’s Net Zero targets. While acknowledging that the NHS had already ‘done an incredible job of rising to this challenge’, he noted three key areas where there was an imperative to do more.

Climate change the biggest threat to human health

At a Westminster Health Forum policy conference held online on 21 February, Dr Hayley Pinto, Education and Training lead at The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, discussed some of the biggest challenges facing the NHS from her standpoint as the service and its staff strive to meet demanding Net Zero targets. Worryingly, she said, recent surveys showed that less than half the UK population understand the term ‘Net Zero’, and just a quarter the terms ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’. She warned that ‘we could consider our collective failure to tackle climate change as a safeguarding issue for an entire generation’.

Eco-initiatives at Cromwell Hospital start bearing fruit

Sarah Melia, General manager at Bupa Health Services, discusses the steps that the Bupa-owned Cromwell Hospital in London has taken to become more sustainable over the last couple of years.

Greater insight on ‘wasted energy’ could be the key

Neil Campbell, Chief Sales officer at eEnergy, discusses some of the ways that healthcare estates teams can lower the amount of energy wasted in their buildings, and some of the other – in many cases relatively straightforward and inexpensive – steps they can take to reduce the carbon footprint of their estate and play their part in the NHS achieving its Net Zero goals.

Renewable energy microgrid for US paediatric hospital

In this article, Walt Vernon, CEO of global engineering design and consulting firm, Mazzetti, and 2nd Vice-President of the IFHE, reports on work being undertaken at Valley Children’s Hospital in Central California which should see it become the US’s first Net Zero paediatric hospital campus, with contributions from the hospital’s Vice-President of Innovation, Ratan Milevoj.

Digital tools can improve funding bid success rates

Chris Brown, Public Sector lead at IES, discusses the need for NHS Trusts to be able to provide comprehensive data on current performance, and good evidence of the need for funding, to secure monies for heat decarbonisation schemes.

Harnessing technology to help meet Net Zero targets

Schneider Electric’s David Williams argues that achieving Net Zero is ‘a whole company / organisation initiative’, and warns against procrastination, saying ‘the time to act is now’.

How healthcare estates can reach Net Zero

Many healthcare estates are ageing, and in some cases lagging behind those in other sectors on sustainability. Does support go far enough for these estates to upgrade and adopt low carbon energy solutions considering the UK’s ambitious 2050 carbon targets?

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