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The RD&E has published its Sustainable Development Management Plan (SDMP), which sets out how the Trust will approach its role as a sustainable healthcare provider, making sure that in everything it does the environment and wider society are considered, along with direct patient impact and financial costs.


Our aim is to be a leading NHS trust and advocate for this important agenda, so part of the plan includes how we will work with our local partners for broader changes that promote sustainability and improve the wellbeing of the communities we serve, including the commitment to making Exeter a carbon-neutral city by 2030.


Healthcare provision is incredibly resource intensive and it is likely that this will always remain the case, due to the reliance on equipment, drugs, chemicals, energy, water, state-of-the-art facilities and the immense supply chains that provide all of these things. However, we have an obligation to minimise our impact, so that future generations can also enjoy the advances made by science and the NHS. The SDMP is the Trust’s commitment to our patients, staff and communities to meet that obligation.


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