Patient First, Planet First: our green plan

At University Hospitals Sussex, we are committed to supporting the NHS become the world’s first net zero health service.

Patient First, Planet First: Our Green Plan – approved by our Trust Board in January 2022 – outlines in detail how we plan to deliver this ambition in our hospitals and where we work in Sussex.

Our primary environmental target is for UHSussex to become Net Zero Carbon for direct emissions (NHS Carbon Footprint) by 2040 and indirect emissions (NHS Carbon Footprint Plus) by 2045.

The first target is a reduction in our direct carbon footprint of 57% by 2025 from a 2009/2010 baseline.

We have developed our plan using the Care Without Carbon framework for sustainable healthcare along with our approach to continuous improvement at University Hospitals Sussex – Patient First.

Patient First, Planet First: Our Green Plan will be delivered by 10 workstreams, including clinical, buildings and utilities and travel and transport.

Projects that deliver the greatest direct CO2 reduction, as well as cultural change, will be prioritised.