The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Green Plan

We have the aspiration to become one of the greenest NHS Trusts in the UK. Since 2011 the Trust has engaged in a significant programme of activity to manage and reduce our carbon emissions, mitigate our impact on air pollution and improve recycling performance.

Our Green Plan is the central document for the Trust’s sustainability agenda including our objectives and how they will be met.

Green Plan coverThe Green Plan is designed to enable us to:

  • Reduce our total carbon emissions (through consumption of fuels, energy, and materials consumption)
  • Reduce our contribution to air pollution
  • Reduce our use of plastic and improve recycling

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Our sustainable action plan

In order to meet our carbon reduction, air pollution and waste targets, we have developed a comprehensive Sustainable Action Plan, which will help the Trust to meet its strategic objectives and overall ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

This Sustainable Action Plan commits the Trust to a range of actions over between 2020 and 2022 which will help move us forward on our pathway to net-zero. The Sustainability team will monitor, implement and manage the delivery of this action plan, working with colleagues across the Trust to implement the actions contained within the plan. 

Our recent achievements

  • We have invested over 700K on upgrading the lighting to LED across the Estate with an estimated carbon saving of 100 tonnes per year.
  • We are ensuring that best practice is integrated into every level of design within Building the Leeds Way, with buildings being designed to excellent BREEAM standard.
  • We are utilising external funding from NHS England to install a meter monitoring system across the Estate to give increased data to manage energy.
  • We continue to work with Leeds City Council, in particular through the Leeds Climate Commission and the Top Ten Energy User Group towards the goal of making Leeds a net-zero carbon city by 2030.
  • In one year, we reduced carbon emissions from anaesthetic gases by 52% through the use of Sevoflurane in favour of Desflurane. A saving of 4044 tonnes of CO2e has been made through this scheme, with the scope to reduce these emissions even further.
  • We have employed leak detection services which makes a relatively small carbon saving of 60 tonnes per year, however, provides a large annual cost saving of £329,587.