Engineers vital to deliver NHS Net Zero ambition

The NHS is responsible for 4% of England’s carbon emissions and NHS England has pledged to achieve Net Zero by 2045, with Scotland and Wales setting similar targets. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has published a report highlighting the fact that engineers are essential at every level of healthcare to achieve this ambition. CSJ provides an overview of the report.

If the NHS is to succeed in its push to Net Zero, it will need to undertake transformational change which will require a major investment in engineering to develop new healthcare technologies, with engineers working closely alongside clinicians to drive innovation. This is according to a new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

In the report Transforming Healthcare: The role of engineering to deliver a Net Zero health service, the IMechE explores the essential role engineers will play in developing systems that eliminate healthcare's substantial contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions.

"Without a significant contribution from engineers in improving existing facilities and equipment, or engineers in academia and industry working on novel solutions to complex sustainability challenges, achieving Net Zero within healthcare goal will be impossible," warns Rachel Stancliffe, Founder and CEO of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, in her foreword to the report.

Log in or register FREE to read the rest

This story is Premium Content and is only available to registered users. Please log in at the top of the page to view the full text. If you don't already have an account, please register with us completely free of charge.

Latest Issues

The AfPP Roadshow - Exeter

University of Exeter
22nd June 2024

EBME Expo

Coventry Building Society Arena
26th - 27th June 2024

The AfPP Roadshow - Cardiff

TBA, Cardiff
13th July 2024

AfPP Annual Conference 2024

University of Warwick
2nd - 3rd August 2024

The Operating Theatres North Show 2024

Etihad Stadium, Manchester
12th September 2024

The AfPP Roadshow - London

Cavendish Conference Centre, London
14th September 2024