Sustainable development management plan


University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, as one of the largest acute teaching hospitals in England, consumes significant quantities of energy, fuel and water, produces large volumes of waste and spends millions on procuring materials and equipment to deliver a broad range of high quality healthcare services.

We recognise the importance of reducing our carbon emissions and already have well-established programmes for the management of energy, waste and water. In 2007 we developed a Carbon Management Programme in conjunction with the Carbon Trust.

In line with the NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy, we want to integrate sustainability and carbon reduction into our strategy, systems and procedures. We recognise that a range of measures are necessary to deliver this effectively, over the longer term.   

Our Sustainable development management plan highlights key areas of focus including responsibility and accountability, environmental legislation, energy management, procurement, travel and transport, water and waste management, key partnerships, finance, organisational and workforce development, as well as design and operation of buildings. The accompanying action plan sets out a range of actions necessary to take the Trust to a higher level, as part of our ambitious target to reduce carbon emissions.

It will be essential to engage with and get the support of Trust staff, patients, visitors, suppliers and contractors, and the wider public as well as local strategic partners such as Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton, primary care trusts and South Central Strategic Health Authority.

Key actions include:

  • The setting of a new carbon reduction target. 
  • The establishment of a sustainability group and the appointment of a sustainability projects manager.
  • A comprehensive communications strategy. 
  • Enhanced management of data about emissions and waste.
  • A review of the outstanding measures, success and barriers to progress in our carbon management programme, followed by implementation where appropriate. 

The Trust will ensure that sufficient focus is placed on this important initiative, as there is a clear link between sustainability and high quality public health care.