Material Health: an assessment of the sustainability of the NHS in England and Wales

August 2004
Management Services;Aug2004, Vol. 48 Issue 8, p5
Academic Journal
A Material Health report on the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Wales' environmental sustainability was launched in London, England as of August 2004. The findings provide an informative overview of the organisation's environmental performance, and includes: (1) an investigation into all resources consumed by the NHS in England and Wales; (2) a benchmark of environmental performance; (3) scenarios for hot water heating, transport and waste; (4) placing the delivery of healthcare services in the context of environmental sustainability in England and Wales. The Material Health study was commissioned by the Royal Society for Nature Conservation, and is funded by NHS Estates, with a grant from Biffaward. Data on the consumption of energy, materials and water, waste generated, and the use of transport in the NHS in England and Wales was used to map the flow of resources into, out of and within the NHS, and to calculate the ecological footprint of the staff, patients and visitors. An ecological footprint is an estimate of the and sea area needed to provide all the energy, water, transport, food, materials, products and services that are consumed. The ecological footprint of the NHS in England and Wales was 4,964,825 global hectares in 2001.


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