Care Without Carbon Launch Annual Sustainability Report
27 February 2019

Care Without Carbon Launch Annual Sustainability Report 2018


To us, being a sustainable organisation simply means effective management of our essential resources – from people and time, to money and materials. It means reaching our vision to provide the best possible patient care while at the same time balancing our efforts with three key aims in mind:

  • Working towards long-term financial sustainability
  • Minimising our impact and having a positive impact on the environment and natural resources
  • Supporting staff wellbeing to enable a happy, healthy and productive workforce

Care Without Carbon has developed and evolved over the seven years since the Trust formed. This year has seen some key developments which are covered in more detail in the report:

  • Building on previous years to take Care Without Carbon further into the fabric of the way the Trust operates, in particular working to further embed sustainable thinking into clinical teams.
  • Embracing the increasing focus in the media on environmental issues and developing our Dare to Care programme to engage with staff on sustainability through the lens of some of these key areas through our Back to Basics campaign.
  • Broadening our impact and making explicit our commitment to tackling this as a global challenge by playing a more active role in representing the NHS internationally, for example becoming members of European Climate and Health Council.

This year’s Annual Sustainability Progress Report reveals that our efforts continue to deliver results.

We are bringing down our carbon footprint in line with our 2020 target of 34%, saving 321 tonnes CO2e just from our estate carbon footprint in 2017/18.

This has also brought financial savings and since our baseline year of 2010, we have made over £7 million in net savings through delivering Care Without Carbon. Wellbeing is a key aspect of what it means to be a sustainable Trust and we are delighted that our wellbeing score is getting closer to the national average with 4.28/10.

In the last year, we have expanded the reach of Care Without Carbon, with SCFT leading the way for our STP region on how to deliver more sustainable healthcare. We are now working directly with 4 other Trusts to help them reduce their carbon footprint and boost staff wellbeing. We aim to continue to develop partnerships and progress to deliver on our ambition to create a truly sustainable NHS.

SCFT chief executive, Siobhan Melia said:

 “We are seeing real improvement in the quality of our clinical services, our staff are more engaged and better supported and our efforts to support a more sustainable health and care system are having a positive impact.”

Read the full report here

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