The Faculty of Public Health welcomes the report outlining the intention for the NHS to become carbon zero, with a target of 80% emissions reduction by 2028 and a 100% reduction by 2040. The NHS is the first major health system in the world to propose a net zero target.
FPH declared a climate emergency in November 2019 and we applaud the steps the NHS is taking to address this emergency in these challenging times.
FPH President, Professor Maggie Rae stated that the 'NHS has shown real leadership in this field, and the net zero goals are an important part of a healthy recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Everyone has their part to play in creating and protecting a healthy environment, and this is a huge challenge for public health. The Faculty will work with our partners in public health and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change to ensure that the health of people and the planet are both recognised and prioritised as we recover from COVID-19’.