Though we know the NHS’s carbon footprint overall, the carbon impact of specific projects and operations (service changes, quality improvement projects or procurement of new products) are not routinely measured. In order for the NHS to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, carbon needs to become an additional currency alongside money, understood by everyone working in the health system.
This training course is part of the CSH Sustainability School and will help health professionals, quality improvement leads and medical students to become carbon literate. Participants will gain an understanding of what a carbon footprint is, how it can be used in the NHS’s endeavour to go 'net zero', how it is measured and what can be learned from different carbon footprinting studies in healthcare. It is made up of a 4-hour interactive self-study online module and a 4-hour workshop conducted remotely over a video conferencing platform.