Sustainable Development

We aspire to be a leader in the field of sustainable healthcare using our influence to enable our staff, patients, suppliers and healthcare partners achieve a sustainable and resilient health and care system for our region.


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In January 2019, NHS England launched the NHS Long Term Plan which laid out the future direction of the NHS over the next ten years. The plan commits the NHS to ambitious targets for carbon emission reduction, vehicle exhaust emission reduction and tackling the use of single use plastics within the NHS supply chain.

Environmental Management System (ISO14001)

We recognise the detrimental impacts our services can have on the natural environment. As a healthcare provider, we seek to minimise these impacts whilst delivering health co-benefits for staff, patients and our local community.

To help achieve this, we have implemented the Environmental Management System ISO14001 to manage our risks and opportunities and continually improve our performance across all sites, services, contracts and leases within the Estates, Facilities and Capital Planning Directorate.

For more information, including the scope of the Environmental Management System, please contact

Sustainable Development Policy Statement

We have adopted a Sustainable Development Policy. Download our Sustainable Development Policy statement:


Green Plan

The Trust’s Green Plan sets out how we will deliver our Sustainable Development Policy commitments and our Carbon 2030 Net Zero goal.  Future reports will also highlight the Trust’s performance against the NHS Net Zero Plan. The Green Plan document is updated annually.


Travel Plan

The Trust has committed to reduce the impacts from our travel and transport services. The Trust’s Travel Plan 2019-2023 outlines our progress so far and the journey ahead in providing a safe, accessible and sustainable hospital for staff, patients, visitors and the local community.



Biodiversity Management Plan

The Trust has committed to protect and enhance the environment, maximise access to the natural environment for the benefit of health and wellbeing and the prevention of avoidable illness and adapt our sites ready for a changing climate.  The Trust’s Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) outlines how we plan to achieve this, making the most of our green spaces onsite, for both people and wildlife.



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BNSSG Climate Change Adaptation Plan

In partnership with our NHS colleagues across Bristol North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG), we’ve published the UK’s first region-wide adaptation plan.

The impacts of climate change on our health, services, infrastructure and our ability to cope with extreme weather events will place significant additional demands on the NHS in the future. This adaptation plan highlights the climate change risks we face as a healthcare system and emphasises the importance of working in partnership across the region to ensure our Estate Strategies are robust and enable system-wide resilience. By ensuring our region is resilient to the effects of climate change, we will achieve cost and carbon savings and contribute to the prevention of avoidable illness to achieve a healthier future together.

Sustainable Development Unit

Sustainable Development Unit
North Bristol NHS Trust
Trust Headquarters 
Southmead Hospital 
Southmead Road
BS10 5NB 


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