NHS To Cut Carbon Footprint By 1m Tonnes Annually Through Videoconferencing

The world's third biggest employer, the NHS, is likely to encourage the use of teleconferencing within the organisation in a bid to cut the carbon emissions caused by patients, visitors and staff moving to and fro.

The push, which is likely to reduce the carbon footprint of the NHS by almost one million tonnes, comes as the Carbon Reduction Strategy published last Thursday would see the NHS achieve a 60 percent carbon reduction by 2050.

Teleconferencing would also axe nearly one fifth of the NHS journeys.

However, the usage of teleconferencing itself could face a few issues as it could put a strain on the NHS IT services which are already stretched and would probably overload their data network.

Furthermore, videoconferencing would require both parties to be equipped with high tech, often expensive devices, which will ultimately consume copious amounts of electricity.

The report also underlined the fact that IT procurement in the NHS accounts for nearly 320,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide yearly which could be reduced by making use of smart counters.

The NHS currently contributes three percent of England's total carbon footprint at 18 million tonnes per annum.