The report ‘Delivering a Net Zero NHS’ was published back in October 2020 and now the NHS England Public Board have approved a roadmap for suppliers to help them align with the NHS net zero goals.
To reach Net Zero by 2045 they need suppliers engaged and on the journey with them, as more than 60% of the NHS carbon footprint lies within its supply chain.
Net Zero Supplier Roadmap
- 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 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.
SMEs and VCSEs will be given a 2 year grace period on the milestones, however it will still be advisable to start implementing the requirements as soon as possible.
A supplier framework for benchmarking and reporting is anticipated to be released later this year.