NHS launches Sustainable Strategy

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NHS Supply Chain has launched its Sustainable Development Strategy 2013-2016, with the promise of reducing CO2 emissions from delivery vehicles by 2.5 per cent year on year, and reducing waste generation by increasing recycling with both suppliers and NHS customers.

Focusing on the five key themes of carbon, community, ethics and responsibility, natural resources and waste, the company said its strategy will be supported through a new programme, which will both change and improve how sustainability is incorporated into the business.

“We’ve worked closely with the NHS Business Services Authority and the Department of Health to build a solid sustainability agenda,” said sustainable operations manager, Colin Stuart.

“By creating a more sustainable supply chain, not only are we securing the future; we’re also managing risk. Sustainable activities, such as reducing packaging and carbon, can deliver significant financial benefits to trusts as well in terms of reduced supplier costs and fuel usage.

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