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Tackling climate change to improve our health system

The climate crisis is a health emergency and in response , the NHS is the world ’ s first health service to commit to delivering net zero carbon emissions . Net zero refers to balancing the amount of carbon gases we emit into the atmosphere with the amount removed , slowing down the rate at which the climate is changing . In this section , our Deputy Chief Executive , Kathy Scott , explains why investing in the green agenda can make a difference to population health .
We are proud to lead the Health Innovation Network activity supporting the NHS to meet its net zero targets through identifying and supporting innovations that make a difference to the NHS . We are also supporting our local systems working with the Integrated Care Board ( ICB ) and trust net zero leads to understand how innovative ways of working , technology and products can support their ambitions .
Kathy Scott , Deputy Chief Executive
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