Sustainability at UHS
UHS is committed to delivering a world-class sustainable healthcare system that works within the available environmental, financial and social resources; protecting and improving health now and for future generations.
As the public sector with the highest level of carbon emissions, the health system has a duty to respond and help meet these targets.
Climate change poses a major threat to our health as well as our planet. The environment is changing, that change is accelerating, and this has direct and immediate consequences for our patients, the public and the NHS.
The Trust has a history of activities aimed at reducing its impact on the environment:
CHP boilers which use waste heat to generate electricity on site
Photo voltaic systems generating renewable electricity
Bat boxes on the new building
Introduction of re-usable sharps bins to avoid significant waste
Dramatic reduction in waste to landfill, with nearly all material either recycled or processed to generate electricity.
The Trust is currently developing a new sustainable development management plan (sometimes referred to as a green plan) which will set out its approach towards NHS England’s Net Zero targets.
How we are embedding sustainability into UHS
The sustainability team includes:
Head of sustainability and energy - Jason Light
Clinical lead for sustainability - Thom Daniels
Energy and sustainability manager - Christelle Zemkoho
Chaired by Paul Grundy, chief medical officer, alongside Ian Howard, chief finance officer and David Jones, director of estates, facilities and capital development and other key officers. Find out more here.
Sustainability delivery group
Chaired by the head of sustainability and energy, this group features leads across UHS who are tasked with delivering a comprehensive plan.