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Our Climate Change Commitment

In line with Simon Stevens announcing the commitment of the NHS to reach net zero by 2045, NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have confirmed to support and set ambition to reduce our carbon emissions and overall environmental impact.

At the Governing Body Meeting on 19th November 2020, a Climate Change Update was presented which gave an overview of current CCG action on Climate Change and challenged the level of ambition of the Governing Body.

Local Cheshire environmental groups/contacts who attended the online meeting have given positive feedback about the effective discussion of the topic, one commenting “the action plan is extremely well structured and comprehensive and, is a great example to other NHS Trusts, business, and public sector organisations in the region.”

The CCG Strategic Objective to “Commission environmentally and socially sustainably to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the population now and in the future” reaffirms the prioritisation of climate change in all the work we do by embedding it into the commissioning cycle and business as usual activities.

Developing an action plan, setting up a Taskforce and Staff Activist Group and securing funding for carbon literacy are some specific examples of the recent progress in the CCG which needs to be built upon to achieve the ambitious feat of carbon neutrality.

The CCG plans to expand its current work with both Local Authorities in Cheshire and NHS providers in its response to both Cheshire East and Cheshire West place plans and achieving the challenge of a NHS net zero position by 2045.

If you would like to know more please contact Climate Change Project Support Officer Sophie Lamb: sophie.lamb1@nhs.net