As part of the Greener NHS programme, NHS Digital has set out its sustainability pledges to help drive the organisation down to net zero.
The announcement comes as two weeks of sustained focus on environmental concerns at COP26 draws to a close. The pledge from NHS Digital confirms its commitment towards the NHS becoming a net zero organisation and states it will help to reduce the environmental impact of digital services. NHS Digital says it will provide 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. NHS Digital will also support staff to take action to achieve net zero.
Patrick Clark, NHS Digital’s Associate Director of Core Infrastructure Services, says: “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.”