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Greening the workplace

Sustainability and greening the workplace

The RCN is committed to reducing its impact on the environment by preventing pollution and continually improving its environmental performance.

Climate and Health Council

The RCN is a signatory of the Climate and Health Council's declaration to take action on climate change and global health. We recognise the critical impact of climate change on global health and the environment. 

We are working to measure and minimise our own carbon footprint. Through RCN safety representatives and other activists, we are encouraging health care organisations across the UK to do the same.

RCN members are encouraged to sign up to the Climate and Health Council declaration. Read more and sign up to the declaration at the Climate and Health Council.

Health Care Without Harm

The RCN is a member of Health Care Without Harm, an international coalition of health care organisations and professionals. 

The coalition shares a vision of a health care sector that does no harm and is committed to preventing disease and promoting the health of people and the environment.

You can find out more on the Health Care Without Harm website.

Waste reduction

The RCN has produced guidance on managing waste from health, social and personal care. It outlines how to reduce harm to the environment and cut waste disposal costs.

Sustainable development in the NHS

The NHS Sustainable Development Unit aims to ensure that the NHS in England is the leading public sector organisation in promoting sustainable development and mitigating climate change. 

See its resource pack, which supports NHS organisations to incorporate sustainability in staff inductions and professional development programmes.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is a UK-wide charity that works with partner organisations to promote more sustainable health care. 

Its work includes the Green Speciality Programme, which aims to transform care pathways to reduce the carbon footprint of the NHS. Find out more on the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare website.