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Press release: Royal College of Physicians responds to the NHS's commitment to becoming net-zero by 2040

The RCP has responded to NHS England's announcement that it is committed to becoming the world’s first 'net zero' national health service.

Professor Donal O’Donoghue, Royal College of Physicians registrar said: “This report clearly lays out what we collectively in the health care system can do now to protect lives in the future. Climate change is a health emergency and we must act now to prevent it becoming a catastrophe.

“As with COVID-19 it’s a challenge for the whole population that cuts across the entirety of public services and the private sector.

“We want our NHS to be a world leader in achieving net zero by 2040. That clock is ticking and we need to act now.”