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Environment and Sustainability

The Climate Emergency is a Health Emergency

The Climate Emergency is recognised as the single greatest threat to global health. Global temperatures have already increased by 1.1oC from pre-industrial levels and are projected to continue beyond the 1.5oC tipping point for irreversible temperature change.

Without action, climate change will define the health profile of current and future generations and will challenge already overwhelmed health systems.

In June 2019 Newcastle Hospitals became the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a Climate Emergency, recognising that a climate emergency is a health emergency and committing to becoming a net-zero carbon organisation by 2040.

By joining with our civic partners in Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University we have created a civic partnership that resulted in Newcastle upon Tyne being the first city in the world to have all three anchor institutions declare a climate emergency and commit to fast-tracking carbon emissions reduction neutrality by 2040.

Together we have committed to improving the health, wealth and wellbeing of our local population and tackling climate change is a shared priority for us all.

Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine)

Watch our short video animation to hear about our Climate Emergency commitments and our Shine work: https://bit.ly/Shine-vid

What we are doing

We calculate our carbon footprint annually and report on our progress towards our Shine targets in our Annual Shine Report. You can read our most recent report here: https://bit.ly/Shine1920

Our Climate Emergency Strategy sets out our vision, long-term goals and priority actions for the next five years. It is available to view here: https://bit.ly/NUTHCEStrategy. Within the strategy you will find our action plan with eight Shine themes, each with their own aims and objectives.

You can also find out more about our journey so far by:

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