The 8th of June marks the annual NHS Sustainability Day, which is about celebrating the importance of sustainable development within our national health services. The day allows for NHS professionals and organisations to showcase how they are driving sustainability whilst celebrating their achievements and engaging with staff and patients. Here In Barnsley we have made significant progress in recent years, some of our achievements so far are:

  • Picking up the Modeshift Stars award for green travel
  • Sourcing all our electricity from green sources
  • Installing 20 electric vehicle charging points across the site
  • Pharmacy service have cut 20,000 plastic bags from circulation – replacing with paper bags
  • More than 4,800 new LED lights have been installed on site with built-in motion sensing and daylight harvesting
  • Axing the use of single use plastic cups at water coolers
  • Colliers restaurant has swapped its plastic cutlery for wooden utensils
  • Launch of an ambitious Green Plan

Discover how the NHS is becoming greener

In October 2020, the NHS became the world’s first health service to commit to reaching carbon net zero, in response to the profound and growing threat to health posed by climate change. The “Delivering a Net Zero Health Service” report sets out a clear ambition and two evidence-based targets. Thanks to NHS people, partners, and suppliers, we’re already on the way to building a greener NHS. One year on from setting out these targets, the NHS has reduced its emissions equivalent to powering 1.1 million homes annually. Together, we can achieve even more.