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Current Status

The specific targets for NHSScotland are to reduce CO2 emissions from hospital sites for oil, gas, butane and propane usage annually by 3% to 2014/15; and NHSScotland to continue to reduce energy consumption annually by 1% to 2014/15.

Between 2009/10 and 2013/14, NHSScotland secured a 3.6% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 3.4% reduction in energy consumption.

HEAT Target

NHSScotland to reduce energy-based carbon dioxide emissions and to continue a reduction in energy consumption to contribute to the greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets set in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

E: Reduce Carbon Emissions and Energy Consumption

Why is this HEAT target important?

A reduction in energy-based carbon dioxide emissions and in energy consumption will make a significant contribution towards the Scottish Government's aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 and the interim target of a 42 per cent reduction by 2020.

A reduction in energy consumption is also important in the context of increasing global fuel costs and the impact of the resulting cost increases on the delivery of core NHS services.

Both the efficiency target and carbon target are designed to not only achieve NHSScotland's contribution to the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 target but also ensure that NHSScotland continues to lead by example within the Public sector. This will ensure NHSScotland contributes to the Scottish Government's National Outcome to "reduce the local and global environmental impact of our consumption and production".

How are we performing?

Target due for delivery from 2010/11 through 2014/15

A HEAT Target has been agreed which commits NHSScotland to reduce energy-based carbon dioxide emissions and to continue a reduction in energy consumption over the 5-year period to 2014/15 at which time the target will be reviewed based upon performance to that time. This target is designed to ensure NHSScotland contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets set in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

The specific targets for NHSScotland are to reduce CO2 emissions from hospital sites for oil, gas, butane and propane usage based on a national average year-on-year reduction of 3% by 2014/15 as a milestone to the elimination of the use of fossil fuels by 2050; and NHSScotland to continue to reduce energy consumption based on a national average year-on-year energy efficiency target of 1% by 2014/15 as a milestone to achieving an overall improvement by 2050 of 30% on the comparative performance as at 2009/10.

Between 2009/10 and 2013/14, NHSScotland secured a 3.6% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 3.4% reduction in energy consumption. The tables below show energy consumption and CO2 emissions by NHS Board for 2013/14, along with each Board's baseline for 2009/10.

Climatically adjusted GJ per year by NHS Board, for 2009/10 and 2013/14

NHS Board Energy 2009/10 Energy 2013/14
NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN 293,518 279,868
NHS BORDERS 95,061 85,763
NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY 163,120 149,317
NHS FIFE 448,378 400,461
NHS FORTH VALLEY 293,903 263,362
NHS GRAMPIAN 762,096 782,108
NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE 1,734,870 1,716,883
NHS HIGHLAND 290,264 276,793
NHS LANARKSHIRE 344,302 318,920
NHS LOTHIAN 827,579 782,769
NHS ORKNEY 15,972 12,874
NHS SHETLAND 13,946 13,729
NHS TAYSIDE 625,291 613,761
NHS WESTERN ISLES 36,595 37,426
NHS NATIONAL WAITING TIMES CENTRE 136,943 145,601
STATE HOSPITAL 45,945 37,897
NHSSCOTLAND 6,127,784 5,917,531

 

Climatically adjusted tonnes of CO2 emissions per year by NHS Board, for 2009/10 and 2013/14

NHS Board CO2 emissions 2009/10 CO2 emissions 2013/14
NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN 10,704 8,957
NHS BORDERS 3,358 2,919
NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY 5,251 4,758
NHS FIFE 14,900 13,856
NHS FORTH VALLEY 9,723 8,714
NHS GRAMPIAN 31,529 32,245
NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE 60,125 61,762
NHS HIGHLAND 14,497 13,873
NHS LANARKSHIRE 11,695 10,558
NHS LOTHIAN 27,206 25,321
NHS ORKNEY 844 640
NHS SHETLAND 400 430
NHS TAYSIDE 21,772 21,226
NHS WESTERN ISLES 1,977 2,025
NHS NATIONAL WAITING TIMES CENTRE 4,400 4,744
STATE HOSPITAL 2,437 823
NHSSCOTLAND 220,817 212,852

 

Further Information

NHS CEL 2 (2012) - A Policy on Sustainable Development for NHSScotland

HFS Energy - HEAT Target - 4th Quarter Report 2013/14

2010-11 Annual National Environment Report

State of the NHSScotland Estate Report for 2013

State of the NHSScotland Estate Report for 2012

State of the NHSScotland Estate Report for 2011 

Related National Outcomes

  • Our public services are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to local people's needs
  • We reduce the local and global environmental impact of our consumption and production