Greener Nephrology

The Healthcare sector is more and more looking into reducing its negative impact on the environment.

The need to produce a cultural shift to include sustainability as an integral part of quality of healthcare provision is something that the UK has been actively tackling under the Green Nephrology Programme, a national initiative bringing together the Center for Sustainable Healthcare, the Renal Association, the British Renal Society, the NHS Sustainable Development Unit and industry partners. Since 2009, stakeholders are working as part of this “Green Nephrology” on a model of clinical transformation to inspire all clinical specialties and have produced a number of outputs including a comparative carbon footprint of haemodialysis provided at home vs. in-centre, as well as a carbon footprint of a local renal service and case studies of local green initiatives.

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