Environmental Sustainability Project of the Year
Environmental Sustainability Project of the Year

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Environmental sustainability has been moving up the priority list in the healthcare sector with increased awareness of climate change and impacts on public health, and more recently cemented in strategic thinking with NHS net zero targets to work towards. 

The journey to a greener NHS comes to a head in two key targets: net zero by 2040 for direct emissions, and net zero by 2045 for indirect emissions. 

Knowing where to focus attention for greatest impact, as well as setting a realistic and effective strategy, presents a challenge for NHS Trusts across the country. 

This award will go to an organisation which has helped the NHS embark on its Green Plan by reducing environmental impact significantly in one or more areas. Judges will be looking for projects which set a precedent for collaborative working to support the NHS’ net zero targets.


  • This award is open to any private or not-for-profit business which works in partnership with an NHS organisation  
  • These can be single partnerships or joint working projects, and must demonstrate evidence from the past one to two years up until the awards deadline date   


  • Outline the scope of the project including the brief, aims and how the partnership was appointed. How was this area identified and what interested parties were involved?    
  • Provide clear evidence that the co-developed solution formed a key component of the organisation’s Green Plan and was more effective than the NHS was able to deliver alone. 
  • Outline the targets set to measure the effectiveness of the project, and the steps put in place to achieve them. 


  • Describe in detail with supporting information the success of the project including any financial, environmental, on-time delivery, energy and clinical metrics.    
  • Provide supporting evidence including quantitative and qualitative data showing positive impact. 
  • Highlight additional benefits to the organisation, and how this project has been embedded into the NHS organisation’s other strategic priorities. 


  • Has the partnership project team gained any learnings which have been or have the potential of being applied to projects elsewhere within the NHS organisation or other local health economies   
  • How have the project team worked together at disseminating best practice?  


  • What efforts were made to involve all relevant stakeholders in the planning and execution of the project?    
  • What processes were put in place to enable clear and regular communication of activity.    
  • Judges are looking for projects which have included parties affected by the plan including front-line staff and management.   


  • What scale of impact has the project had on the NHS organisation’s sustainability journey?  
  • What are the measures of value?    
  • Judges will be looking for projects which lessen environmental impact and set a precedent for collaborative working to support the NHS’ net zero targets. 

To find out more

For entry enquiries, contact James Elliot on james.elliott@wilmingtonplc.com