Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health & Social Services
In 2019 Welsh Government declared a Climate Emergency for Wales to help trigger more focused and greater action to meet the climate change challenge. Welsh Ministers have also re-enforced the ambition for the public sector in Wales to be net zero carbon by 2030. As the largest public sector organisation in Wales, the NHS has an important role to play to contribute towards this target and I would expect ambitious targets to be in place.
Attached for your information is the NHS Wales Decarbonisation Strategic Delivery Plan 2021-2030. It provides a focus for NHS Wales and Welsh Government officials to deliver actions that NHS Wales can take to reduce emissions.
There are nearly 50 clear, ambitious and achievable initiatives in the Strategic Delivery Plan focusing across a range of emission sources not solely on the NHS estate. This is aligned with the next Low Carbon Delivery Plan (LCDP2).
The initiatives in the Delivery Plan, in reducing emissions, and the actions taken as a result will significantly improve wider health and well-being across the Welsh population.