Climate change is a global health emergency. The UK is committed to the Paris Agreement of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, in a global effort to substantially reduce carbon emissions.
In support of this goal a £1 billion fund, the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, has been recently launched to support the UK’s ten point plan to accelerate commercialisation of low-carbon technologies, systems and business models in power, buildings, and industry.
As the UKs largest employer the NHS is responsible for 4% of the nation’s carbon emissions and has a crucial role to play in the 2050 net zero emissions target. In 2019 an ambitious ‘Greener NHS campaign’ to reduce its own carbon footprint and achieve net zero emissions.
Funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement, and in collaboration with the Greener NHS Programme, the Accelerated Access Collaborative and AHSN Network, this competition seeks to address the NHS Net-Zero target.
All proposed innovations must take into account the supply chain, full product life-cycle, as well as the impact that these solutions will have on carbon emissions.
Four sub-categories have been identified:
- Reducing emissions from care miles
- Reducing emissions from surgical pathways
- Reducing nitrous oxide emissions
- Tools to support low-carbon decision making
Further information and supporting documents are available below and more will be added as they become available.
An online Q&A session will be held on Thursday, 15 July 2021 at 13:00 BST
Before you attend please watch our launch webinar recording & download and read carefully the programme supporting documentation.
The SBRI Healthcare team will be available to answer your questions, and there will be the opportunity to speak privately with one of our senior programme managers.