Innovation is key to developing the green technologies needed to reach net-zero targets within the NHS. As one of the UK’s largest employers, the NHS is responsible for around 4% of all carbon emissions, making it crucial to drive innovation and help reach net-zero targets by 2050.
In order to expedite the process of commercialising low-carbon technologies, systems, and business models and inserting them into the appropriate infrastructure, the UK announced in March of last year a £1bn fund – the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.
The Portfolio will lower decarbonisation costs and put the UK on a road toward a low-carbon future. It will invest in our areas, develop new green jobs and businesses, and help the UK become a global leader in science and innovation.
During May, National Health Executive hosted its second Net-Zero NHS virtual event on the NHE365 platform and saw healthcare professionals from Health Education England, NHS Property Services, NHS England and many more come together to share best practice with our delegates.
Our second panel of the day focused on the topic of net-zero innovations where we were joined by:
- Alastair Morris, Chief Commercial Officer, Powerstar
- Addie MacGregor, Sustainability Lead, The Association of British HealthTech Industries
- James Freed, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Health Education England
- Pete Carpenter, Service Delivery Director and Executive Lead for Net-Zero, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network
These expert speakers shared and explored ways of reducing carbon emissions through new innovations in the NHS. If you are interested in finding out what was said, click here to watch.