Greener hospitals, healthier communities (UK Health Alliance on Climate Change)

15th October 2018

The NHS can drive positive economic, social and environmental outcomes through changing how it employs, procures, and uses land and other assets, as well as how it travels and burns carbon. This potential is particularly high at a local level where hospitals and other healthcare sites act as ‘anchor institutions’ – by being physically located within a community, their activities have a significant impact upon social, economic and environmental outcomes within the local area. This UK Health Alliance on Climate Change report explored how to maximise the NHS’s positive potential as a nationwide network of anchor institutions.