The Director of Procurement Transformation and Commercial Delivery at NHS England & Improvement has published a ‘Roadmap for NHS Suppliers to reach net zero by 2045’.
This forms part of the NHS sustainability programme and is an important text that sheds light on how NHS suppliers are to meet the environmental and sustainability standards the NHS expects from its supply partners. The decarbonisation of the NHS’s supply chain is to take place by 2045, NHS suppliers are to align themselves with the vision by 2030.
The NHS is responsible for around 4-5% of the UK’s emissions, with over 60% of our total carbon footprint sitting within our supply chain.
From April 2023, the NHS will adopt the Government’s ‘Taking Account of Carbon Reduction Plans’ (PPN 06/21), requiring all suppliers with new contracts Classification: Official
Publication approval reference: PAR10102 for goods, services, and/or works with an anticipated contract value above £5 million per annum, to publish a carbon reduction plan for their direct emissions.
From April 2024, the NHS will expand this requirement for all new contracts, irrespective of value.
• From April 2027, all suppliers with contracts for goods, services, and/or works for any value, will be expected to publish a carbon reduction plan that takes into account the suppliers’ direct and indirect emissions.
• From April 2028, new requirements will be introduced overseeing the provision of carbon foot-printing for individual products supplied to the NHS. The NHS will work with suppliers and regulators to determine the scope and methodology.
• From 2030, suppliers will only be able to qualify for NHS contracts if they can demonstrate their progress through published progress reports and continued carbon emissions reporting through the supplier framework.
Please find the complete letter on the roadmap from Preeya Bailie, Director of Procurement Transformation and Commercial Delivery at NHS England & Improvement here.