Environmental sustainability has been moving up the priority list within healthcare, with increased awareness of climate change and impacts on public health, and more recently a target of reaching net zero across the NHS. However, current estimates of the NHS’ supply chain suggest ICT is responsible for 456Kt of carbon emissions, and the rapid growth of data demand and digital equipment has potential to add to these emissions further in future years.
Fortunately, digital can also be the solution to some of these issues. Remote monitoring technologies are estimated over the 3 years from November 2021 to reduce patient travel by 28 million miles (approx. 6000 tonnes of carbon) – just one of the ways NHS organisations are digitally innovating to align with the net zero mission. Further opportunities exist across digitising estates, virtual consultations, migrating data centres into the cloud and many more.
This award will go to an organisation or project which has leveraged digital products or services to reduce environmental impact in one or more areas. Judges will be looking for projects truly embedded within the organisation or system’s Green Plan, that will enable long-term change.
- All NHS organisations (including providers, partnerships and systems), General Practice and primary care organisations
- Evidence must relate to a project, ongoing or completed within the 2 years up until the award entry deadline