Should health professionals take a leading role in tackling climate change?

Do  nhs doctors role in healthcare carbon reduction

Do NHS doctors role in healthcare carbon reduction

Health professionals should not take a leading role in climate change. That was the verdict of a recent BMJ poll with the ‘No’ stance gaining 55% of the votes following the publication of eight articles that appeared in the BMJ’s 24th March edition and tied in with the first ever NHS Sustainability Day and also Climate Week.

Whatever your view, the fact that the NHS in England’s footprint levelled off in 2010 and is working to a downward trajectory is testament to its facilities managers who, with support from specialist low-carbon technology and employee engagement organisations, such as Envido, are helping to dramatically decarbonise what is one of Europe’s largest organisations.

Can doctors help combat climate change?

Doctors have probably come to the right decision in the poll. The major areas of carbon reduction, namely buildings, transport and procurement are out of the their skillset and remit. However, many of the widely publicised practical ideas doctors can help combat climate change are neatly summarised into key 5 areas for action in a recent BMJ blog post by Mike Knapton and Tom Pierce:

  • Helping people eat better and move better
  • Enabling women to have control over their fertility
  • Targeting prescribing on those most likely to benefit
  • Promoting a greater sense of belonging
  • Helping people manage a better death


Envido’s healthcare energy team can help to develop and implement a cost-neutral energy reduction programme across the NHS  estate, drastically reduce carbon emissions and cut energy costs.

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