London trust invests in LED lights and solar panel technology to help drive ambitious carbon reduction strategy
Solar panels have been added to the roof of University College Hospital London as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the trust's carbon footprint
Following the hottest summer on record in the capital, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) has launched ‘Critical Care For Our Climate’ a new strategy which aims to build sustainability in key areas such as clinical care, procurement and supply chain, estates, technology, transport, education and engagement.
UCLH has invested over £2m in energy-saving measures such as LED lights and has installed an additional 452 solar panels on the hospital roof, which together will save millions in energy costs over the coming years.
The NHS has set a nationwide target of achieving a net-zero carbon footprint by 2040. But, having declared a climate and health emergency in 2021, UCLH wants to go faster and achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2031.
And, for indirect emissions – those it can influence along its supply chain – the trust aims to achieve net zero by 2040, five years ahead of the NHS England target.
UCLH has already made significant progress in reducing its carbon footprint by:
The new strategy will build on these achievements, focusing UCLH’s carbon reduction initiatives in four main areas:
And key targets include:
Luke O’Shea, UCLH director of innovation, said: “The NHS already has ambitious sustainability targets and UCLH wants to go further and faster in reducing its carbon footprint.
“Critical Care for Our Climate, will help us make the shift to net zero that is so important for UCLH patients and staff, the local community, and our planet, while continuing to deliver first-class patient care.”
Elliott Westhoff, UCLH programme lead for sustainability, added: “The strategy has been put together after extensive consultation. We are grateful to all staff and our partner organisations for the ideas and enthusiasm they have contributed so far and look forward to working with colleagues across UCLH to deliver net zero.”