The  Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service report provides a national-level framework for action on climate change and sustainability. Every NHS organisation has an essential role to play in meeting this ambition.

Green Plans

Each NHS organisation should have a Green Plan (formerly known as Sustainable Development Management Plans), which sets out their aims, objectives, and delivery plans for carbon reduction. In each case, this should be signed off by the organisation’s board, with a board-level ‘net zero lead’ responsible for overseeing its delivery.

The following resources have been created to support the creation of these Green Plans. If you require further information, please contact

How to produce a Green Plan – This practical document will help sustainability and social value leads in health and care organisations, commissioners and providers, to compile their Green Plan for their organisation.

Additional resources: workbooks

Workbook A

Workbook B


Robust and effective monitoring is a necessity if the NHS is to meet net zero targets set out in the ‘Delivering a Net Zero NHS’ report.

The Sustainability Reporting Portal (SRP) supports mandatory sustainability reporting for NHS providers and CCGs, allowing them to calculate their carbon footprints and producing a report which adheres to sustainability reporting standards.  The latest government guidance on sustainability reporting can be found here.