We recognise the enormity of climate change and the issues it presents to the health of everyone including our local community, the wider North East region and beyond in particular the key issue of air quality, which is linked to respiratory and heart diseases and cancer.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our health and wellbeing and in recent years we’ve made significant progress in reducing our emissions from our own activities, however, as one of the largest employers in the area we create a substantial contribution to air pollution and carbon footprint and must take conscious actions to improve and reduce this. NHS England is responsible for around 4% of England’s carbon footprint, so key we work to reduce our impact and help the UK’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
The Trust has committed to targets of being net-zero by 2040 and 2045 and the Green Plan details the short-term pathways over the next few years to achieve the longer-term target. Our objectives are:
- An educated and engaged workforce who embeds sustainability in their everyday actions
- Improve local air quality by reducing and eliminating (where possible) emissions from vehicles
- Achieve net-zero of our NHS Carbon Footprint by 2040 and NHS Carbon Footprint by 2045
- Ensure that our activities and care benefit the wider local community
The vision is to be a leader in sustainable healthcare within the NHS, to the benefit of our local community.
Green Plan 2022-25
The Trust has developed a Green Plan setting out targets and actions to reduce our carbon footprint and meet those objectives and overall vision.
9 key areas of focus
- Workforce System & Leadership
- Sustainable Models of Care
- Digital Transformation
- Travel & Transport
- Estates & Facilities
- Supply Chain & Procurement
- Food & Nutrition
Electric car charging points
There are limited electric charging points available on site for visitors and spaces can’t be guaranteed, please ask at reception for locations.