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‘This is a crisis now and we need to act now’ Navina Evans pledges HEE’s commitment around a greener NHS in honour of COP26

4 November 2021

COP26 is now taking place now in Glasgow until 12th November 2021, and any decisions made could lead to big changes to our everyday lives. 

The Greener NHS programme is working with colleagues, hospitals, and our partners to build on the great work that’s been done so far on reducing the impact on public health, and the environment, while also saving money.

In October 2021, the Greener NHS and NHS England & NHS Improvement, marked the start of One Year On from when the NHS became the world’s first health service to commit to reaching net zero carbon emissions. Since then, NHS is on track to reduce its emissions for the financial year – equivalent to powering 1.1 million homes with electricity. 

Thanks to our NHS people, we are driving sustainable healthcare innovations across estates, transport, medicines, and care delivery, many of which are improving patient care today and reducing costs. This has all been achieved during an unprecedented public health emergency. 

A short video from our Chief Executive Dr Navina Evans pledges HEE’s dedication to supporting the initiative of Greener NHS.   

Navina explains: “We need to get this right, we need to play our part as partners in the largest employer in Europe – this is a crisis now and we need to act now. The young people we are trying to recruit into health professions, and to HEE as an employer, quite rightly demand action as it’s their future we are playing with.” 

You can view Navina’s video message here.

Follow the links for more information on Greener NHS and One Year On.  

Posted by Freya Lloyd