NHS Scotland climate emergency and sustainability strategy: 2022-2026

This document sets out plans for NHS Scotland to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and impact on the environment, adapt to climate change and to better contribute to the United Nation sustainable development goals. It has been developed by the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland Assure.

Getting Involved

273. Already, networks of people have come together across NHS Scotland to work on making the health service more sustainable. Green Anaesthesia Scotland is a fantastic example of a grassroots group which has created real change. Thanks to their work, a number of Scottish hospitals have significantly reduced their use of desflurane, a potent and volatile greenhouse gas. To support existing networks, the formation of new ones and to make it easier to get involved, the NHS Sustainability Action website will include a directory for grassroots groups to publish their details so that people who want to join and work with them can get in touch more easily.

274. We have also developed Active Global Citizenship resources to increase knowledge and understanding of the UN SDGs within NHS Scotland and are available to NHS staff who wish to engage their colleagues in wider global issues and sustainability: www.scottishglobalhealth.org/active-global-citizenship.

275. The people who work within the NHS and use its services have fantastic ideas on how to make it more environmental and socially sustainable. If you have an idea you wish to share, please do so at: nhssustainabilityaction.co.uk.


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