Canon backs green overhaul of radiology supply chain

Canon Medical has called for a dedicated focus on net zero radiology by 2040, as a new NHS report shows that 10 per cent of estate carbon emissions come from medical equipment.

Delivering a Net Zero National Health Service highlights that the greatest opportunity for green change is in the NHS supply chain. The report states that 62 per cent of carbon emission sources in the NHS are generated by ‘medicines, medical equipment and other supply chain’, equating to 20 per cent medicines, 10 per cent medical equipment, eight per cent non-medical equipment and 24 per cent other supply chain items. In contrast, Canon says that all medical imaging equipment it installs into healthcare organisations comes with a zero carbon footprint to support sustainability agendas.

The company adds that NHS sustainability officers and radiology service managers working towards NHS net zero carbon targets will be reassured by its latest carbon footprint data. The Carbon Offset Impact Report, developed and monitored independently to Gold Standards for UN Global Goals, shows that the importance of being a carbon zero supplier to the NHS has not been forgotten, despite the rapid mobilisation and fight against the global pandemic taking centre stage in 2020. For example, 15 relocatable Canon CT scanners, deployed by NHS England’s COVID-19 recovery plan to help with patient imaging backlog and winter COVID-19 preparations, had zero carbon tonnes of emission for the NHS to incorporate into its environmental reporting totals. The 1,161.75 tonnes, including the CO2 emissions during manufacture and the lifetime electrical running of the system once inside the hospital estate, had already been offset by Canon.

Managing director Mark Hitchman commented: “The NHS report highlights the inter-relationship between the NHS (compounded by the global pandemic) and the fragile state of our environment. It reinforces the need to have global eyes to minimise impact on the natural world and prepare for climate change.

“The world around us has a profound effect on our local health systems as the pandemic has served to illustrate recently. Future changes in climate, such as extreme weather and poor air quality, will further increase pressures on UK healthcare, such as asthma or respiratory issues; 2019 alone saw 900 more deaths from the summer heatwave.”

Picture: Medical imaging equipment installed by Canon Medical UK into NHS and independent organisations comes with a zero carbon footprint.

Published on page 3 of the February 2021 issue of RAD Magazine.

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