Westminster Health Forum

Environmental sustainability in healthcare

Morning, Friday, 20th March 2020

Central London



This conference will discuss key issues for environmental sustainability in healthcare.


It takes place with the drive to reduce carbon emissions and waste becoming a central policy focus across government and public services, and follows the commitment in the Climate Change Act to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050 - as well as a raft of measures being put in place to reduce the use of single use plastics.


Delegates will assess how the NHS and wider health industry can respond whilst still maintaining quality of care.


Areas for discussion include:


  • The practicalities and impact of policy implementation;
  • Sharing best practice across local systems; and
  • Engaging healthcare professionals and the supply chain.

Keynote contribution


There will be a keynote contribution from Sonia Roschnik, Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit.


The agenda


  • Environmental sustainability in healthcare and delivering targets in the NHS Long Term Plan;
  • Incentives and drivers for change: commissioning, procurement and efficiency improvements;
  • Creating environmentally sustainable health systems: cross-sector collaboration, engagement and ensuring high quality patient care: 

    • Public health return on investment from addressing climate change and promoting prevention;
    • Engaging healthcare professionals and the impact on patient care, quality and safety;
    • Reducing the carbon footprint of the life sciences industry;
    • Water use and waste management in the NHS estate;
    • Supporting communities to be resilient and implementing local solutions.
  • Measuring local progress and the role of new models of care: developing metrics, leadership, and comparing financial and carbon savings.


Keynote Speaker

Sonia Roschnik

Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit