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The UK's primary care sustainability network

Why Environmentally Sustainable Practice?

The climate crisis is a health crisis. The climate and ecological emergency underpins all the social and environmental determinants of health. Climate action can have huge health benefits.

Climate Change and Health

The Climate Emergency is a Health Emergency, climate change underpins all the social and environmental determinants of health. Healthcare is both affected by the climate emergency and contributes to exacerbating it. The Lancet states the response to climate change is “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.”

Action on the climate emergency:

What has the NHS got to do with the climate crisis?

The NHS contributes 4-5% of the UK’s carbon emissions (for comparison 5.9% of our carbon footprint relates to air travel).

Primary care carbon footprint

Prescribing is by far the largest carbon footprint in primary care. See more in the prescribing section.