As part of the Greener NHS programme, NHS Digital has set out its sustainability pledges to help drive the organisation down to net zero.
Following two weeks of sustained focus on environmental concerns at COP26, NHS Digital has pledged to reach carbon net zero to help reduce the environmental impact of digital services, supporting the NHS to deliver on its aim to be the world’s first net zero health service.
NHS Digital is committed to:
- Becoming a net zero organisation
- Providing leadership to the NHS in adopting sustainable digital services – including the establishment of a cloud centre of excellence that will support the shift to more resilient and sustainable cloud hosting arrangements
- Supporting our staff to take action to achieve net zero
Patrick Clark, NHS Digital’s associate director of Core Infrastructure Services said: ‘We’ve already made some positive steps towards reducing our impact on the environment and our Corporate Sustainability Programme is now developing a comprehensive sustainability strategy for the organisation.
‘This will map out how we can successfully become a Net Zero organisation and contribute to making the NHS more sustainable and resilient. We are encouraging everyone in our organisation to play their part in helping the NHS minimise its impact on the environment and maximise its resilience for the future.’
NHS Digital is the national information and technology partner of the health and care system. Their team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend. During the 2019–20 financial year, NHS Digital published 285 statistical reports.
NHS Digital’s vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better.