Britain’s National Health Service targets net zero emissions by 2040

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Oct 1, 2020 at 6:01 PM
  • The sheer scale of the state-run NHS, which employs 1.5 million people and accounts for about 7% of Britain’s economy, means the move could put significant pressure on its thousands of suppliers to decarbonise their operations.
  • Doctors are increasingly concerned about the health impacts of climate change, from more deadly heat waves to the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
  • The NHS’ move reflects growing recognition of the impact that healthcare systems themselves have on the environment.