NHS Property Services to move to all-electric fleet by 2040
NHS Property Services have pledged to move to an all-electric fleet to support the NHS’s transition to net zero emissions by 2040 in new ‘Green Plan’.
The commitments form part of a new ‘Green Plan’ from the Government-owned company, which outlines steps to be taken before the end of the 2024-25 financial year to support the NHS’s transition to net-zero emissions by 2040.
Since 2010, The NHS has reduced its emissions by 3% on average each year, however, that rate will need to reach 8% to achieve the long-term climate target.
The Green Plan from NHS Property Services (NHSPS) includes a commitment to transition its 800 service vehicles and 130 company cars to electric.
The organisation is in the process of developing an EV strategy, detailing plans for installing vehicle charging points and for procuring new vehicles.
“The relationship between our health and our environment are inherently linked. It is vital that sustainability values are embedded in everything the NHS does, so that together we can improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.”NHSPS’s Head of Energy and Environment, Cameron Hawkins
They are also planning a review of the staff travel policy, to encourage other lower-emission methods of transportation: walking, cycling, car-sharing and using public transport.
The measures are also happening in relation to trials of zero-emission ambulances by NHS England itself, which began last year.
Other key commitments from NHSPS include:
- using technology to help mitigate paper use and provide web-based patient services;
- creating biodiverse outdoor spaces;
- ensuring the efficient use of indoor spaces,
- and promoting low-carbon approaches to construction and minor works.
There are no new major targets on waste and renewables.
To oversee this action, it will need to recruit several regional energy and environment managers.
If you have an organisation with buildings in Oxfordshire, you can get in touch with our team for guidance on renewables, improving energy efficiency and making the switch to low carbon technology, including EV chargers.
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