Climate tech and sustainability

Supporting innovators to create a greener future in health and care

Delivering a net zero NHS

The situation

The climate emergency is also a health emergency and unbated it will disrupt care and affect patients at every stage of their lives with poor environmental health contributing to numerous health conditions.

In response to this threat, in October 2020 the NHS became the world’s first health service to commit to reaching carbon net zero. While the targets are ambitious, they remain realistic and achievable. In order to deliver them we need both immediate action and a longer-term commitment to continuous monitoring, evaluation and innovation.

Health Innovation East is dedicated to supporting the NHS achieve its goal to ensure a healthier, safer future for everyone.

 

Delivering a net zero National Health Service report

Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service sets out the considerable advances the NHS has already made in improving our carbon footprint and reducing the environmental impact of NHS services and it lays out the direction, scale and pace of change to increase level of ambition over time.

You can read Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service from Greener NHS here.

Our services

Achieving net zero depends on innovation and collaboration. The Health Innovation Network acts as a pillar in the development and uptake of technologies and best practices designed to reduce emissions in healthcare.

Health Innovation East can support organisations to understand the procurement roadmap for suppliers to access the NHS market, including to gain understanding of policy levers, requirements and knowledge of how net zero and sustainability and healthcare improvement are intrinsically linked.

 

Improving cold chain with BioPCM®- platform based Apollo™ Smart Panels

Health Innovation East worked alongside Phase Change Solutions to evaluate the effectiveness of Apollo™ Smart Panels at maintaining an acceptable temperature range in pharmacy fridges in the event of a cold chain breach (e.g. a prolonged power outage).

 

To test the Apollo™ Smart Panel in a real-world setting, a trial was hosted in three GP surgeries within WGGL Primary Care Network (PCN).  Health Innovation East conducted a series of 12 test cycles with two identical fridges (a test fridge and a control fridge) in each of the GP surgeries to simulate a prolonged power outage in a primary care setting. The test fridge was fitted with five Apollo™ Smart Panels whereas the control fridge remained empty. In each test cycle (12 cycles) the fridges were simultaneously switched off for a 24-hour period.

 

Results show that the test fridges fitted with the five Apollo™ Smart Panels were able to maintain their temperature more effectively than their matched control fridge (without the panels). The fridges equipped with the Apollo™ Smart Panels took an average of seven hours longer than the control fridge (in the bottom shelf) to breach a threshold of 8°C.

Our partnership with Eco Sourcing Hub LTD

Health Innovation East have established a strategic partnership with Eco Sourcing Hub LTD  to support innovators in implementing effective strategies to reduce their carbon footprint and mitigate the impact of climate change.

Eco Sourcing Hub LTD is a sustainability and procurement agency with an extensive background in supply chain management across a diverse range of industries. Working closely with new product development to support innovators in understanding their carbon emissions and reducing them, they offer effortless carbon calculation services in compliance with ISO 14064-1 and the GHG Protocol, as well as Carbon Reduction Plans (CRPs) that fully comply with PPN 06/21. Additionally, they provide full support for Evergreen assessment submission.

Through this partnership, we aim to empower innovators in their ambitions to meet the NHS’s net zero targets in a number of ways:

  • Assessing their carbon footprint.
  • Identifying carbon reduction activities.
  • Simulating carbon emissions for various processes.
  • Developing and implementing a carbon reduction plan.
  • Offering comprehensive support for Evergreen assessment.
  • Providing tailored consultancy services.

Submit your innovation

If you have an innovation that could help the NHS reach its sustainability target fill in the form below. This will help us understand the benefits of your innovation, your progress to date and where we could help you.

Gain deeper knowledge and skills with BSI training programmes.

Context

BSI, or the British Standards Institution, is a global organisation that provides standards, training, and certification services across various industries. BSI is recognised as the UK National Standards Body and as such a leading authority in promoting best practices and helping organisations improve their performance, manage risks, and achieve sustainable growth.

BSI offers sustainability courses to help organisations understand and implement sustainable practices. These courses are important given the increasing global focus on sustainability due to factors like climate change, regulations, competitive advantage, cost savings, and stakeholder expectations.

For individuals, BSI’s sustainability courses provide knowledge, skills, and networking opportunities that can enhance career prospects. For organisations, these courses offer a structured framework for integrating sustainability, facilitating continuous improvement, and building credibility and trust among stakeholders.

Embarking on a sustainability journey is crucial for an organisation’s long-term success and resilience. BSI’s sustainability courses support this journey by providing the necessary tools and best practices to navigate the complex landscape of sustainability and achieve sustainable growth.

What is this?

A suite of accredited online and in person courses available to anyone delivered by BSI experts.

Why might you be interested?

  • A BSI Certificate of attendance is issued for all courses.
  • Delegates who take a course with an exam and pass also receive a Certificate of Understanding (proof that they have taken in the content of the course). Delegates that go through one of the BSI qualification pathways, e.g. ISO 14001, ISO 50001 receive qualification badges for individual use.

Relationship between BSI and Health Innovation East

Courses are run and administered by BSI, Health Innovation East is supporting promotion to the training service on an affiliate basis.

 

 

 

1. PAS 2060 eLearning course

PAS 2060 eLearning

PAS 2060 is the internationally recognised specification for carbon neutrality published by BSI. It sets out the requirements for quantifying, reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for organisations and products.

A series of eLearning courses aimed at those tasked with implementing Net Zero and PAS 2060 can be found below:

1. Road to net zero: terminology and principles

Who should attend?

Non-sustainability senior professionals and executives looking to develop an understanding around the language, principles, and roadmap to Net Zero

What will you learn?

By the end of this training course, you will be able to: ​

  • Define the key terms associated with the Road to Net Zero​
  • Identify the relevant legal, regulatory, and supply chain drivers to achieve Net Zero and their relevance to organisations​.
  • Identify the steps an organisation will take to achieve Net Zero

Link: https://tidd.ly/3UhlJ8U

2. Making a commitment to carbon neutrality

Who should attend?

Sustainability professionals with the responsibility for preparing their organisation for the journey to carbon neutrality.

What will you learn?

By the end of this training course, you will be able to:

  • Outline to internal stakeholders the steps required to make a declaration of commitment to carbon neutrality in accordance with PAS 2060 requirements.
  • Outline the steps to define your scope and a science-based methodology for assessing your organisation’s carbon footprint in line with PAS 2060 requirements.
  • Outline the steps to calculate your organisation’s baseline data for determining carbon footprint.
  • Outline the steps to define science-based targets in line with PAS 2060 requirements.
  • Outline the key elements of the carbon footprint management plan in line with PAS 2060 requirements.

Benefits:

  • Initiate the commitment to delivering your organisation’s carbon management plan.
  • Understand what’s required to monitor your plan.
  • Receive an internationally recognized BSI training certificate of attendance
  • Develop the foundational knowledge to support your progress to carbon neutrality.

Link: https://tidd.ly/3Q4t0Xn

3. Implementing your carbon footprint management plan

Who should attend?

Sustainability professionals with the responsibility for defining, coordinating, or completing the deliverables associated the implementation of your carbon management plan.

What will you learn?

By the end of this training course, you will be able to:

  • Outline the features of your implementation strategy for delivering your carbon footprint management plan committed reductions.
  • Outline the priorities, projects, and deliverables for the implementation of your carbon footprint management plan.
  • Explain the key tools, approaches, and challenges which will be faced in reducing your organisations Scope 1 emissions.
  • Explain the key tools, approaches, and challenges which will be faced in reducing your organisations Scope 2 emissions.
  • Explain the key tools, approaches, and challenges which will be faced in reducing your organisations Scope 3 emissions.

Benefits:

On completion of the course assessment, you will:

  • Have successfully demonstrated your competency in relation to the learning outcomes for this training course.
  • Be awarded an internationally recognized BSI Training Academy certificate of attendance.
  • You will leave the course with a clear understanding of our recommended next steps, should you wish to further develop your competency in this area.

Link: https://tidd.ly/4azfBPc

4. Carbon offsets and declaring carbon neutral status

Who should attend?

Sustainability professionals with the responsibility for calculating the level of carbon offset required and making the declaration of achievement, including where independent, third party verification in line with PAS 2060 is being considered or adapted.

What will you learn?

By the end of this training course, you will be able to:

  • Outline the steps to re-assess your carbon footprint in line with the methodology you established when calculating your baseline data and science-based targets.
  • Outline the options available and the factors to take into account when purchasing carbon offsets.
  • Outline how to make a declaration of achievement in accordance with PAS 2060:2014 requirements.
  • Explain how to maximise the positive impact to your organisation when making a carbon neutral declaration.
  • Outline how to renew your carbon neutral declaration of achievement in accordance with PAS 2060:2014 requirements.

Benefits:

On completion of the course assessment, you will:

  • Have successfully demonstrated your competency in relation to the learning outcomes for this training course.
  • Be awarded an internationally recognized BSI Training Academy certificate of attendance.
  • You will leave the course with a clear understanding of our recommended next steps, should you wish to further develop your competency in this area.

Link: https://tidd.ly/49APRk7

2. Sustainability qualification: ISO 14001 Career Pathway

ISO 14001 is the world’s most recognized environmental management system. It provides guidance on how to consider multiple aspects of your business procurement, storage, distribution, product development, manufacturing (and more), so that it reduces its impact on the environment.

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in the planning, implementing, maintaining, supervising or auditing of an ISO 14001:2015 EMS

What will you learn?

  • Importance and benefits of an ISO 14001:2015 EMS
  • Key requirements, terms and definitions of ISO 14001:2015
  • Structure of ISO 14001:2015 which incorporates the Annex SL common framework for management system standards
  • Main concepts such as process approach, Plan-Do-Check-Act, lifecycle perspective, aspects and impacts.

Benefits:

  • Achieve a formal recognition of learning with a BSI Mark of Trust, validating your expertise
  • Accelerate your career progression by joining a learning pathway based on your current experience and knowledge
  • Access a community of likeminded learners, enhancing your network and growing your understanding of challenges across industry/sector
  • Grow your confidence by filling gaps in your knowledge, so you feel equipped to progress in the right direction, with certainty
  • Increase the value you bring to your organisation, by increasing your breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise

To access the various courses relevant to the ISO 14001 career pathway, please click the link below:

Link: https://tidd.ly/4cZsbbY

3. Managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (ISO 14064) Training Course

Who should attend?

Anyone required to calculate, reduce, report and/or check their organisation’s greenhouse gas emissions, including environmental and sustainability managers, officers, advisors, and champions.

What will you learn?

  • The impact of climate change and what organisations and governments are doing to tackle it.
  • The key principles, requirements, terms, and guidelines of ISO 14064 parts 1, 2 and 3
  • The importance and benefits of quantifying and reporting GHG emissions in accordance with ISO 14064-1. This includes defining the boundaries of your organisation’s GHG emissions to measure, report and manage those emissions.
  • How ISO 14064-2 can be used to identify and select GHG sources, sinks and reservoirs (SSR’s), determine baselines, monitor, quantify and report on project emissions
  • The ISO 14064-3 requirements and guidelines for verifying GHG statements related to GHG inventories, GHG projects and the process for verification or validation.

Benefits:

This course will help you:

  • Understand the key principles of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Define the GHG emission boundaries for your organisation.
  • Quantify and report on your organisation’s GHG emissions.
  • Recognize how projects can be used to reduce or remove GHG emissions.
  • Become familiar with GHG emissions verification and validation processes.
  • Appreciate the importance of verifying/validating GHG statements and reports.

Link: https://tidd.ly/42Nr5vj

4. Requirements On-demand eLearning Training Course – ISO 14064-1:2018

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in the design, development, management, and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions for their organisation.

What will you learn?

You will learn about:

  • Importance and benefits of quantifying and reporting on the greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with ISO 14064-1:2018
  • Key requirements, terms and definitions of ISO 14064-1:2018
  • How to define the boundaries of GHG emissions associated with your organisation in order to develop a framework to measure, report and manage those emissions
  • Structure of ISO 14064-1:2018 and its broader family of standards

Benefits

This course will help you:

  • Gain an understanding of the key principles of what GHG emissions are.
  • Better define the GHG emission boundaries for your organisation to support in mitigating them.
  • Enhance the integrity of your GHG quantification within your organisations environmental reporting.
  • Demonstrate to your customers your commitment to a low carbon economy and sustainable ways of working.

Link: https://tidd.ly/44LO6zR

5. Modern Slavery, Introduction and Awareness On-demand – BS 25700:2022

Who should attend?

Modern Slavery can affect any organisation, in any sector, in any country, through their supply chains, operations, activities and business relationships. Modern Slavery is also relevant across functions, and at different levels, so awareness and understanding is necessary across an entire organisation. Suggested job roles include:

  • Those responsible for developing, implementing, and managing policies, processes and practices that respond to the risk of Modern Slavery
  • Administrators, Operatives, Technicians, Supervisors, Managers, Senior Managers, Functional Heads, Directors, and Executive Directors
  • Those with roles / responsibilities at risk of links with Modern Slavery, including procurement and supply chain management, legal and compliance, finance, operations and logistics, human resources and recruitment, occupational health and safety, ethics and sustainability.

What will you learn?

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define and provide examples of Modern Slavery practices and understand what makes people vulnerable.
  • Spot the key risk areas of Modern Slavery in your operations, supply chains, recruitment, and partnerships.
  • Help to support your organisation plan to mitigate, identify, respond to and remedy incidences.
  • Outline some of the legislative frameworks and prepare your organisation with policies, procedures, and preventative measures.

Benefits:

This course will help you:

  • Understand modern slavery, the risk of and vulnerability to modern slavery in various socio-economic, political, and commercial contexts.
  • To be aware of and identify high risk areas of Modern Slavery within your own organisation and function, as well as external exposure to risk.
  • To know and understand the emerging regulatory context related to Modern Slavery, and what this shows us about best-practice responses.
  • Support your organisation in its social and environmental sustainability efforts.
  • Understand the use and benefits of a formal and strategic approach to managing risk of Modern Slavery, adopting a risk-based approach outlined in BS 25700:2022 – Organisational Responses to Modern Slavery – Guidance

Link: https://tidd.ly/3SMPywd

6. Fundamentals of social accountability

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for those who have an awareness of social accountability principles and are seeking to audit, implement, or manage an SA 8000®-aligned management system. The multi-sector applicable standard reflects labour provisions contained within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Labour Organisation conventions.

What will you learn?

At the end of the course, learners will be able to explain the value and benefits of implementing social accountability management practices in your organisation. By implementing social accountability, you will provide an auditable, voluntary statement based on the UN declaration of human rights, the ILO conventions, and other national and international labour norms. You will be able to manage the workforce using an ethical employee-centric framework and describe the benefits and features of decent work. You will understand how to align what you do to the ILO conventions and the UN declaration of human rights to ensure you are aligned to international recognised best practice.

Benefits:

This course will help you:

  • To explain the fundamentals underpinning the concept of social accountability with reference to SA 8000® requirements.
  • To help employees talk confidently about the purpose, value, and role of social accountability in promoting a more ethical and socially conscious way of working
  • To identify approaches using SA 8000® to reduce costs, improve quality and on-time delivery of products and services by working collaboratively with the supply chain
  • To build trust with clients, improve brand value, and the relationship between the organisation, community, and its stakeholders.

Link: https://tidd.ly/49FuQVR

7. Sustainable Procurement Awareness On-demand Training Course – ISO 20400

Who should attend?

Sustainable procurement is relevant to any organisation, in any sector, in any country, through their supply chain management activities, operations, and business relationships.

Sustainable procurement is also relevant across functions, and at different levels, so awareness and understanding is necessary across an entire organisation.

Suggested job roles include:

  • General employees and those new to sustainable procurement
  • Employees with responsibility for sustainable procurement policy and practice
  • Employees involved in, and with responsibilities for, making sustainable procurement decisions.

What will you learn?

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Define sustainable procurement.
  • Recognise the financial impacts of procurement.
  • Describe how procurement contributes to sustainable development goals.
  • Explain how sustainable procurement activities can benefit and contribute to a fairer society and economy.
  • Identify how you contribute to your organisation’s sustainable procurement activities.

Benefits:

This course will help you and your teams to:

  • Improve your knowledge and understanding of procurement, and its role and contribution to sustainability.
  • To take informed procurement decisions, enhancing your organisations sustainability performance
  • Identify, through procurement decisions, opportunities to reduce negative impacts on the environment and wider sustainability concerns.
  • Support your organisation in its wider social, economic, and environmental sustainability efforts.

Link: https://tidd.ly/3OQ1OLr

8. Quantifying the Carbon Footprint of Products (ISO 14067:2018)

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in quantifying the carbon footprint of products for their organisation.

What will you learn?

How your organisation can calculate the carbon footprint of its products.

Benefits:

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Comprehend the key principles, requirements, terms, and guidelines of ISO 14067 and where it sits within the broader family of ISO standards addressing GHG emissions.
  • Develop a process map to calculate a product’s carbon footprint.
  • Calculate the in-use product carbon footprint for a range of products and the allocated carbon footprint of products.
  • Recognise the LCA process, including the difference between ‘cradle to gate’ and ‘cradle to grave’.

Link: https://tidd.ly/49lbeXq

Health Innovation Network resources

Our unique role working with industry, academia and the health and care system in regional and national settings puts us in the perfect position to support the drive for sustainability at every level.

The Health Innovation Network acts as a pillar in the development and uptake of technologies and best practices designed to reduce emissions in healthcare. These resources will help you to understand what you need to consider when working towards net zero.

Environmental sustainability toolkit

Read our toolkit which covers what you need to consider when engaging with the NHS in environmental sustainability and in it’s aim to be the world’s first net zero national health service.

Access here

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Health Innovation Network net zero innovator guide

Health Innovation Kent Surrey Sussex and Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley have produced a guide to help innovators working with the NHS towards its net zero ambitions.

 

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