The NHS Net Zero report published in October 2020, sets out new targets for carbon reduction as well as a methodology for carbon measurement classification. The targets for the emissions are as follows:
- we control directly (the NHS Carbon Footprint), net zero by 2040, with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction compared with a 1990 baseline (equivalent to a reduction of 47% compared with current levels) by 2028 to 2032.
- we can influence (our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus), net zero by 2045, with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction compared with a 1990 baseline (equivalent to a reduction of 73% compared with current levels) by 2036 to 2039.
The NHS Carbon Footprint and Footprint Plus are categorised as shown in the diagram below.
The Trust’s carbon footprint was calculated in accordance with the NHS Carbon Footprint methodology, with the support of energy consultants Ricardo PLC. The 2019/20 financial year was selected as the baseline year. This provides a picture of emissions that is unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2019/20, the CLCH NHS Carbon Footprint was 5,691 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) as shown in the graph below.
The CLCH NHS Carbon Footprint Plus, which also includes supply chain emissions procurement is estimated at 22,000 tCO2e (ie NHS Carbon Footprint of 5,691 tCO2e plus an estimated additional 16,000 tCO2e from the supply chain).