The Department of Health is making available £50 million of capital in 2013-14 for NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, to fund new and innovative projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the NHS by reducing energy usage, carbon emissions and improving resilience to climate change.

The NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England (CRS) sets an ambition for the NHS to help drive change towards a low carbon society. The strategy shows the scale of reduction in carbon required for the NHS to meet its legal targets set out in the Climate Change Act, which commits the UK to an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. The CRS also recommends key actions for the NHS to become a leading sustainable and low carbon organisation, identifying a 10% reduction by 2015 as crucial for the NHS to meet these legally binding targets.

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