NHS announces 2040 Net Zero Target


NHS England commits to net-zero emissions by 2040

Last week the NHS announced its commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, and net zero within its supply chain by 2045.

The full report can be found here: Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service. The report outlines both the direction and scale of change needed as well as the interventions required to achieve the net-zero ambition.

The NHS has set two clear targets for their net zero commitment:

  • The NHS Direct Carbon Footprint will be net zero by 2040, with ambition to reach an 80% reduction from 2028-2032
  • The NHS Carbon Footprint Plus (includes indirect emissions), will be net zero by 2045, with ambition to reach an 80% reduction from 2036-2039

Every area of the NHS will need to act if net zero is to be achieved. The report outlines how every NHS organisation will need to assign a board-level net zero lead to support the work.

Carbon Architecture have extensive experience in advising NHS Trusts on the steps needed to achieve net-zero. We have completed net-zero roadmaps for multiple Trusts including several members of the Shelford Group.

If you are interested in developing a viable and costed route to carbon neutrality then please get in touch with our team.


About Dan Jackson

Dan Jackson is a process and sustainability consultant. He has experience in helping clients reduce energy and cost in the NHS and across the hospitality supply chain, from breweries to pubs.