Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is committed to low carbon, sustainable healthcare. We recognise the relationship between our impact on the environment and the impact of climate change on public health and the services we provide.

As a large organisation within our communities, the Trust has a responsibility to undertake the actions and investments needed to provide sustainable healthcare, both now and in the future. 

The Trust is taking action to respond to the ‘Delivering a Net Zero National Health Service’ report, as well as the Greener NHS Campaign, launched in 2020. As part of our journey to net zero and further sustainability, we are finalising our Green Plan (March 2023) and it will include a timeline of tailored actions to complete over the next 3 years to align with Greener NHS guidance.

The priorities of  NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICS Green Plan will also reflected in the new plan, with a focus on improving our working environment through greenspaces, sustainability awareness, greener care practices, and resource efficiency. 

Overall, our Green Plan aims to:

  • Reduce our carbon emissions
  • Improve resource efficiency and reduce waste
  • Improve our workplaces
  • Prepare for our future with climate change

Developing and implementing this 3 year strategy will help the Trust keep on track to hit local and national targets and work towards our overarching target of net zero carbon by 2045.

Look out for our Sustainability Events and Workshops to get involved with our Green Plan.

We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and understand that everyone must make a change to contribute to sustainability.  One way to stay healthy and reduce carbon emissions is to cut down on meat and animal products in our diet, as livestock accounts for 16.5% of global greenhouse emissions.  A great way to cut down is to reduce the amount of days per week you consume meat, for example trying ‘Meat Free Monday’! See below for more information and tips.

Veganuary

As we begin 2023, many may be considering making some New Year resolutions. This year, why not take the 31 day Veganuary pledge and try a vegan diet for January and beyond.  Animal agriculture is the leading driver of the climate and ecological crises. With animal products accounting for 57% of all food related emissions and agriculture using 77% of agricultural land globally, this is an area where we can all help and make a difference.

Adopting a healthy vegan diet is the single most impactful action you can take to reduce your personal carbon footprint whilst improving your personal health and well being and reducing animal suffering. 

Veganuary is a non-profit organisation that encourages people worldwide to try vegan for January and beyond. During the 2022 campaign, more than 620,000 people took the pledge to try a vegan diet.

Recipes

Send in your own vegan recipes for us to share on this page via sustainability@merseycare.nhs.uk  or check out Veganuary or BBC Good Food for inspiration!