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.

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