“With two weeks to go until the Glasgow summit, the BBC has learned it still hasn’t delivered that plan.”
With this framing is the intended message, the implication, that little or nothing is being done? Probably. Well of course this would be wrong!
NHS boards already have – and are already acting upon – net zero plans. Just one insight from the 2019-20 Annual Report of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
‘NHSGGC continues its commitment to reducing both its energy-based carbon emissions and its energy consumption which will enable the Board to contribute towards the Scottish Government’s aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 and the interim target of a 42 per cent reduction by 2020. The specific targets for NHS Scotland were to reduce CO2 emissions for oil, gas, butane and propane usage annually by 3% from 2014/15 till 2020; and NHS Scotland to continue to reduce energy consumption annually by 1% from 2014/15 to 2020.
‘To support the above the NHS in Scotland and indeed the Scottish Government have published a number of documents relating to Environmental targets and policies with which Health Boards are required to comply, these include:
– NHS HDL(2006)21: Environmental Management Policy for NHS Scotland.
– NHS CEL 15 (2009): Sustainable Development Strategy for NHS Scotland.
– NHS CEL 2(2012): A policy on Sustainable Development for NHS Scotland 2012.
– NHS CEL 14 (2010): Good Corporate Citizenship Model.
– NHS Scotland 2010-11 Annual National Environment Report.
– Scottish Planning Policy (SSP 6) Renewable Energy.
– Choosing Our Future: Scotland’s Sustainable Development Strategy.’
There are then sections in this Annual Report on energy consumption and emissions reduction. The report notes: ‘A number of schemes and initiatives were put in place during 2019-20 to support the overall reduction of energy and carbon emissions to meet these targets.’ (lists ten initiatives)
‘The Board remains a participant in the Glasgow Climate Change Declaration Sustainable Glasgow and Climate Ready Clyde, both of which promote inter-agency working within the Glasgow and Clyde geographical boundaries to improve how the organisation adapts to climate change issues and how these changes will affect the Boards ability to continue to deliver a high quality service.’
‘To achieve the Board’s targets in these areas, strategic plans have been drawn up to facilitate the development of the Board wide initiatives … .’
The above and more on the same lines took about 15 minutes to find. BBC Scotland should consider the radical innovation of using its journalistic resources to provide better balance and perspective as a public service, the better to inform its readers/viewers/listeners of what is actually happening in Scotland. Regrettably, until we get past a democratic event which decides Scotland’s constitutional future, it is unlikely that any change in approach from the public service broadcaster we’re stuck with for now will be forthcoming.