Sustainability at the CCG

As commissioners and a statutory body, our activities and decisions have potential to affect the resources available to us, the communities in which we function, and the wider environment.

“Sustainability” can be defined as meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of tomorrow. Sustainable development ties together concern for the resource capacity of our planet's natural systems with the social and economic challenges facing society.

“Commissioning for Sustainable Development” is the process by which commissioners improve both the sustainability of an organisation, and the way it provides services and interacts with people in the community. It is about striking the right balance between the three key areas of financial, social and environmental sustainability when making commissioning decisions.

Benefits staff and patients

The CCG recognises that good maintenance and care of the environment contributes a great deal to the long term health of people, their social wellbeing and economic prosperity.

Our local strategy demonstrates the importance of sustainable development and the commitment of the CCG and its staff to ensure that we act now to promote initiatives which help us meet the challenges facing the NHS, including our legal duty to cut carbon emissions under the 2008 Climate Change Act.

Drivers for change

The following is a summary of the key drivers for change, further information regarding this is available in the NHS North Yorkshire CCG Green Plan.

Greener NHS

The Greener NHS was launched in February 2020 to ask the NHS to tackle climate change and come up with solutions to resolve the challenges.

The Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service report lays out targets for decarbonising the NHS by 2045 at the latest:

- For the emissions controlled directly by the NHS (the ‘NHS carbon footprint’): net-zero by 2040, with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction by 2028–32;

- For an extended set of emissions including those that can be influenced in the supply chain (the ‘NHS carbon footprint plus’): net-zero by 2045, with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction by 2036–39


The following are key legislative drivers for sustainability in the NHS. A more comprehensive list is available in the NHS North Yorkshire CCG Green Plan.

- Civil Contingencies Act 2004

- Public Services (Social Values) Act 2012

- Climate Change Act 2008

- Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019 enacting a Net

- Zero target by 2050

Our approach

NHS North Yorkshire CCG Green Plan

The NHS North Yorkshire CCG Green Plan identifies the following key areas of focus, what we have achieved so far and what we plan to achieve as well as how we monitor progress against.

- Corporate Approach

- Our People

- Sustainable Care Models

- Travel and Logistics

- Carbon/Green House Gases

- Sustainable Use of Resources

- Asset Management and Utilities

- Climate Change Adaptation

- Capital Projects

- Green Space and Biodiversity

Sustainability Impact Assessments

A Sustainability Impact Assessment is a way of estimating the likely sustainability implications of either:

- The introduction of a new policy, project, or function or

- The implementation of an existing policy, project, or function within the organisation

Once sustainability implications have been identified, steps can be taken to amend the proposed policy, project or function or amend the way in which it is currently implemented to ensure it is inclusive and does not discriminate (either deliberately or accidentally).

We have developed and implemented a tool and guidance for use by staff to help identify the likely impact.

Our Governing Body will consider the results of this analysis during the decision making process. Governing Body papers and decisions can be found here.

Our Sustainability Impact Analysis form can be found here.