Every London NHS Trust will contribute to NHS green savings equivalent to half a million fewer cars on the road

As the UK celebrates Clean Air Day on June 16, every NHS trust in London will play its part in helping the NHS cut over a million tonnes of CO2 emissions over the three next few years, with a green plan in place for everyone – the equivalent of taking 520,000 cars off the road.

The plans, adopted by all the capital’s trusts, set out how they will reduce their environmental impact and help the NHS reach net zero by 2040.

Andrew Ridley, regional director of the NHS in London, said: “It is truly amazing that all trusts in London and all trusts in England and Wales now have a workable plan to reduce carbon emissions to net zero d 2040.

“I’m really proud of the work our staff have put in to get us to this point and it’s a testament to the collaborative work that’s happening in the capital, with partners like the GLA, the Mayor of London and the UK Health Security Agency. . , to improve air quality – and therefore quality of life – in London.

He added: “Reaching net zero will have a real and positive impact on the health of Londoners and it is absolutely vital that the NHS plays a key role in this. With trusts like the London Ambulance Service already having the largest electric fleet in the country, I am proud that NHS London is one of the leaders in the field.

London has the highest percentage of deaths attributable to particulate air pollution (6.4%) of any English region, with around 4,000 deaths caused by air pollution each year.

Almost all Londoners live in an area where air pollution exceeds the latest World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for PM2.5 particles, one of the air pollutants thought to have greatest impact on human health. If London met the WHO guideline for PM2.5 by 2030, Londoners would gain 20% more years of life saved over the next 20 years.

The green plans outline how the NHS, which accounts for around 3.5% (9.5 billion miles) of all road travel in England, will make such travel greener. Smarter buildings, LED lighting and energy saving measures are also reducing emissions and saving NHS organizations money, while using intravenous anesthetic instead of gas and helping patients to use inhalers more effectively, they improve patient care.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “It’s great to see London’s NHS leading the way in tackling the climate emergency and air pollution, with every NHS Trust in London now having a plan clear on how to achieve net zero.”

“It is totally unacceptable that the toxic air in London is causing children to grow up with stunted lungs and causing nearly 4,000 premature deaths a year.

“That’s why I’ve worked closely with the NHS and its partners to take leading action in London to tackle pollution, carbon emissions and congestion to protect the health of Londoners, and I congratulates the NHS on this important step.”

Dr Nick Watts, Director of Sustainability at NHS England, said: “The NHS was the first health system in the world to commit to net zero and the exceptional innovation and commitment of all our trusts in London are an essential step towards achieving this goal.

“Doing our part on climate change will directly improve public health and reduce health inequalities, reducing deaths from air pollution and ensuring a healthier future for our children.”

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