NSW Health has committed to an environmentally sustainable footprint and all NSW Health organisations will be working together towards a high quality, low carbon and climate resilient health system. It is estimated Australia’s health system contributes 7% of Australia’s total carbon footprint.
NSW Health is adopting a more environmentally sustainable approach to health services and will be delivering a baseline carbon footprint and net zero plan to support the
NSW Government’s Net Zero Plan to reduce emissions.
In the UK, the methods used to calculate the NHS Carbon Footprint remain the most comprehensive of any health system to-date. The NHS’s Carbon Footprint shows that whilst energy, transport and building design are important, we also need to address emissions related to clinical care: supply chain, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, equipment, anaesthetic gases and metered dose inhalers.
All organisations are at different stages in their net zero transition. If you’re just getting started, these are some suggested steps:
In the UK, every NHS organisation is required to develop a three-year Green Plan, setting out their carbon reduction initiatives in line with a net zero trajectory. This
document provides guidance for the plans, including the minimum requirements, for example:
As an example, please see
Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust's Green Plan 2022-25.
Whilst NSW Health is at a different stage in our net zero journey, this guidance provides best practice examples and could be used to help develop your plan.
Download environmental sustainability plan examples from:
Queensland Health has developed a
Climate Risk Strategy 2021-2026. Check out the key objectives in each action area.
Hunter New England Local Health District has a bold vision to be carbon and waste neutral by 2030. In 2021, the District saved nearly $1million by implementing a range of sustainability initiatives in energy, water, fleet, paper and procurement. Read about
Sustainable Healthcare: Together Towards Zero and read about their results in
Sustainable Healthcare: Together Towards Zero 2030.
NSW Health responds to environmental and financial challenges by creating sustainability initiatives. These initiatives are a positive change to the way we use energy and help to reduce reliance on the electricity grid and reduce carbon emissions:
Find out more about NSW Health's
Across NSW Health, Sustainability Officers are appointed to lead their organisation in making NSW Health more sustainable.
Download example position descriptions:
SESLHD - Environmental Sustainability Project Officer and Northern NSW LHD - Environmentally Sustainable Manager.
The Climate Risk and Net Zero Unit will coordinate and scale up NSW Health's response, including prioritising staff engagement, education and capability development.
We offer a number of training and education offerings for health professionals delivered in partnership with educational institutions, professional bodies and other government agencies, including: