NHS Sustainable Development Unit (SDU), NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) and @UK PLC partner to improve NHS Carbon Footprint

The NHS will spearhead a project to identify areas where it can save money and resources by reducing its carbon footprint. The NHS SDU, in collaboration with NHS SBS and @UK PLC, will be analysing and interpreting NHS data to identify areas where the organisation’s carbon footprint can be improved.

The NHS will spearhead a project to identify areas where it can save money and resources by reducing its carbon footprint. The NHS SDU, in collaboration with NHS SBS (Steria's joint venture with the Department of Health) and @UK PLC, will be analysing and interpreting NHS data to identify areas where the organisation’s carbon footprint can be improved.

Due to @UK PLC’s technical breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence and NHS SBS’s extensive data set, this will be the most comprehensive NHS Carbon Footprint report to date and is set to deliver billions in cash and carbon savings.
In 2008 the NHS SDU calculated the carbon footprint of NHS expenditure at a national level, which at that stage, was the largest scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon footprint project of any organisation in the world. The new NHS Expenditure Carbon Footprint Project aims to build on this initial project, extending the collection of expenditure data from the national level to all NHS organisations, such as suppliers, GPs, dentists and pharmacists. The aim is to help inform decision making, revealing where carbon hot spots are and which suppliers and types of goods and services purchased contribute most to the carbon footprint.
NHS Shared Business Services and @UK PLC will be collecting and analysing the data on behalf of  the NHS SDU. NHS SBS works with over 40% of NHS organisations across the UK and the breadth of data made available by the organisation will result in a comprehensive national picture of NHS’s carbon efficiencies and hotspots.
Furthermore, the increased scope of the project has been made possible through the technical breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence by @UK PLC supported by the University of Reading and Goldsmiths College London. The technology allows for the automated analysis of finance system data to identify and categorise the individual items being purchased for the first time.
All the NHS organisations participating in the project will receive a summary of the carbon footprint of their current procurement activity and will be offered the option to upgrade to either, or both, a chargeable Spend Analysis and Carbon Analysis service. The spend analysis capability from NHS Shared Business Services provides organisations with a detailed breakdown of potential cash savings and was used last year by the National Audit office for its report identifying £500 million in savings in NHS consumables. The carbon analysis provides a detailed breakdown of the organisations’ carbon footprint to further inform their carbon reduction plans and actions.