Sustainability in the Health Service: Resources

Sustainability Strategy for Health 2017 - 2019

Sustainability and Health

Free Online Course -Make an Impact: Sustainability for Professionals

NHSO Workshops

Sustainability Seminars

Energy Supply Contracts



Sustainability Strategy for Health 2017 - 2019

The Sustainability Strategy for Health is the first step on the pathway to achieving a more sustainable health system. It sets out the Health Services strategic plan to deliver on our commitment to become a leading sustainable organisation delivering low carbon quality sustainable healthcare, with the purpose of preserving natural resources, reducing carbon emissions, mitigating the effects of climate change and safeguarding high quality patient care.

Sustainability Strategy for Health 2017 - 2019


Free Online Course -Make an Impact: Sustainability for Professionals

This free online course from the University of Bath will cover the basic definitions and history of sustainable development and sustainability in business over 6 weeks, 3 hours per week.What is sustainability and why is it important?

  • What is sustainability and why is it important?
  • Key drivers for sustainability
  • Getting on and staying on track
  • Innovation for sustainability
  • How are we doing?
  • Be the change

For more infromation click here


Sustainability & Health

Towards Environmentally Sustainable Health Systems in Europe - WHO Policy Paper

New WHO policy paper “Towards environmentally sustainable health systems in Europe” reviews opportunities to promote environmental sustainability in health systems. Published 20-10-2016.  

Health systems have a substantial impact on the environment and are major consumers of energy and resources, according to evidence compiled in the new WHO policy paper “Towards environmentally sustainable health systems in Europe”. The paper explains, however, that although health systems use up natural resources, contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and produce large quantities of waste, including hazardous material, they can also have a positive impact on the environment.


NHSO Workshop Presentations

NHSO Workshop - 23rd April 2015

Information Workshop attended by Estates ANDs, EMs and sustainability group, April 2015, Broadroom, Area Offices Tullamore

The purpose of this workshop was to provide information on Energy Contracting and EC project development documents.

Energy Contracting Introduction

SEAI Technical Assistance Grants

Energy Metering in Tullamore and Portlaoise Regional Hospitals

OPW Optimising Power at Work


NHSO Workshop - 5th December 2015

Information Workshop attended by nominations from the Acute Hospitals and Estates Sustainability Group, December 2014, Board Room, Dr. Steevens Hospital

The purpose of this workshop was to provide information on the National Health Sustainability Office, Ireland Energy Efficiency Investments plc, the proposed National Sustainability Programme and National Energy Baseline Database.

Workshop Agenda

Jim Murphy NHSO

Shane Colgan EPA

Alan Ryan SEAI

David Hourihane SDCL

Helen Maher NHSO


Sustainability Seminar Presentations

Sustainable Healthcare - A Continual Journey

Environmental Symposium, 25th September 2015, Cork University Hospital

Key Note Address - Prof. John Sweeney, NUI Maynooth

Delivering Energy Efficiency in the HSE - Jim Curran, Head of Estates

National Health Sustainability Office - Jim Murphy, NHSO

Resources Available and SI 426 - Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Energy Optimising of Buildings - Sean Deegan, HSE Estates

Fuelling the Future - Eric Crowe, HSE Estates

The Green Campus Programme - Dr. Michael John O'Mahony, An Taisce

Sustainable Healthcare at CUH - Ken Walsh, CUH

A Sustainable Future - Edward Murphy, CUH

Greening the Campus - John McDermott, CUH

Green Healthcare Programme - Eileen O'Leary, CIT

Cork Healthy Cities - Denise Cahill, Cork Healthy Cities


Enabling Delivery of Sustainable Healthcare - Sharing the Learning 

Regional Sustainability Seminar, August 2014, Cork University Hospital

Delivering Energy Efficiency HSE South

Energy Management: Resources, Procurement, Results

The Green-Campus Programme at Cork University Hospital:The Journey

Sustaining Change Maintaining Energy

Waste Prevention Initiatives in Irish Healthcare Facilities: Green Healthcare Programme Overview

Changes in the Laundry

The Energy Efficiency Design Review Process

Lighting the Way: Energy Efficiency Lighting

Wrapping it Up: Plant Room Improvements across HSE South / South East

Healthcare Sustainability: Who to Call


Energy Supply to the HSE and funded organisations

The National Health Sustainabiliy Office, in conjunction with HBS Procurement and the Office of Government Procurement, recently completed a number of competitions for the supply of Energy to the HSE and funded organisations. Each energy type will now be supplied by a single supplier which will allow for economy of scale and better capacity to monitor and report on the health sector's energy use. For more information on how to avail of these contracts please see the newsletter below -

NHSO Newsletter - Energy Supply to the HSE and funded organisations



Change Hub LogoThe Change Hub

Based on the HSE Change Model, the Change Hub is the HSE's online Change Management Resource.Here you will find practical tools for managing change, collaborative team working facilities, secure document sharing or discussion facilities and a host of learning resources and supports.

GreenHealthcareGreenHealthcare Programme

The GreenHealthcare Programme has been improving resource efficiency and helping reduce waste and save on costs in healthcare facilities in Ireland since the initial pilot in 2009. GHCP continues to provide direct advice and assistance to the many hospitals who have joined the programme via the detailed waste surveys and follow-up reports, recommendations and customised advice. The GreenHealthcare Programme is an initiative of the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the National Waste Prevention | Programme (NWPP) and the BeGreen umbrella.

SEAI SEAI Public Sector Programme         

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland supports Public Sector organisations to meet their energy efficiency target and offer a comprehensive support and engagement programme through Partnership Agreements; Reporting Guidance; Best Practise, Funding, Finance and Procurement.

GPP Green Public Procurement

Green public procurement (GPP) takes place when contracting authorities also use environmental criteria to decide who to buy goods or services from. Examples include energy-efficient computers, fuel efficient fleets for public transport, green cleaning products and sustainable construction products.

SEECO Cork University Hospital Campus Seeco Programme 

On Cork University Hospital campus Green pages you will find information on the seeco Programme - Sustainable Healthcare and Living:  sustainable healthcare, reducing your carbon footprint, environmental protection, waste /water/energy, campus activities and helpful hints on making the hospital campus and global environment a healthier, cleaner and greener place to live for you and future generations, Useful  links to the effects of climate change on health, living and the environment.

EPA Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has responsibilities for a wide range of licensing, enforcement, monitoring and assessment activities associated with environmental protection in Ireland .

IrishWaterIrish Water

Irish Water is Ireland’s new national water utility that is responsible for providing and developing water services throughout Ireland.

IGBC Irish Green Building Council        

The Irish Green Building Council proposes to set a vision of a fully sustainable built environment based on principles for sustainable development.

SmarterTravel Department of Transport Smarter Travel Programme

SmarterTravel is the transport policy for Ireland that sets out how the vision of a sustainable travel and transport system can be achieved.

AnTaisce An Taisce Green Campus           

The Green-Campus Programme encourages a partnership approach to environmental education, management and action in third level institutions. The Prorgamme primarily aims to ensure that members of a campus community can engage in a meaningful way to enhance sustainability on campus.  Cork University Hospital have recently submitted an application for a Green Campus Award – Green Flag.

HWH Healthcare without harm

Health Care Without Harm Europe is a non-profit European coalition of hospitals, healthcare systems, healthcare professionals, local authorities, research/academic institutions and environmental and health organisations. HCWH Europe educates the healthcare sector to understand the importance of the environment and presses healthcare leaders and professionals to advocate for broader societal policies and changes. 

CFSHC Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (formerly known as The Campaign for Greener Healthcare) was set up in 2008 to help the NHS fulfil its legal requirement to reduce its carbon footprint by 80% by 2050. It is now the foremost institution in the world working on sustainable healthcare in research and practice.

GFNGlobal Footprint Network              

Nonprofit organization, established to enable a sustainable future for all.

GGHHGlobal Green and Healthy Hospitals

Global Green and Healthy Hospitals is a worldwide community of hospitals, healthcare systems and organizations dedicated to reducing the ecological footprint of healthcare operations, in order to promote environmental and public health.