NHS Leads Worldwide Health Sector Efforts to Cut Emissions

27 May 2009 (Last Updated May 27th, 2009 18:30)

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) is leading the global health sector's efforts in cutting carbon emissions and reducing its carbon footprint, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report. The NHS emissions plan has put the UK ahead of other countries in recognising the c

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) is leading the global health sector's efforts in cutting carbon emissions and reducing its carbon footprint, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report.

The NHS emissions plan has put the UK ahead of other countries in recognising the contribution that health services can make to a country's carbon footprint, the report said.

Earlier this year, the NHS released a comprehensive carbon emissions mitigation strategy. It included more carbon-neutral hospitals, greener transportation of goods and services, and adoption of meat-free menus, the UK newspaper The Guardian reports.

WHO department of public health and environment officer Susan Wilburn said that the focus on concrete actions and the high level of support from front-line health professionals in the UK was exemplary.