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Working in an environmentally sustainable and sensitive way is key to the values of the Academy and it is in this context that we are publishing our Net Zero Commitment statement below.

AHCS Net Zero Commitment

The Academy for Healthcare Science is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2035 for emissions scopes 2 and 3.

The commitment was made on 01/05/2024 by the Academy’s Management Board.

Notes and explanation

The scopes of responsibility referred to in the statement above have been defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (revised edition) (2015) to describe the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of a company’s activities and are used for the purposes of reporting GHG emission levels. The scopes refer to emissions generated directly (scope 1 – vehicles, industrial plant and manufacturing processes. This does not apply to AHCS activities.) or indirectly by the organisation (scopes 2 and 3). Scopes 2 and 3 are relevant to the Academy:

  • Scope 2 includes indirect emissions generated by purchased energies consumed by the company, such as electricity, steam and heat. This scope also includes the emissions generated by the electricity consumed by end users.
  • Scope 3 emissions are a consequence of the activities of the company, but occur from sources not owned or controlled by the company. For example the energy used by the utilities in the transmission and delivery of the energy, transportation (suppliers and customers), waste, investments, capital goods, franchises and employee commuting (Stonham, 2022).

The next step is to establish more accurately our GHG emissions. The Academy already does several things to minimise our GHG emissions, our staff work remotely, and the majority of our meetings happen online. Where we do travel, we use public transport and much as possible.  We will continue to seek ways to reduce our GCG emissions further as we move toward a position of net zero. Alongside this, is our continued commitment to working in an environmentally sustainable way.



  1. Stonham, S. (2022) Digital carbon footprints and remote working, OpenLearn – Open University. Available at: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/nature-environment/digital-carbon-footprints-and-remote-working
  2. World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resource Institute (2015) The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (revised edition) (2015). Available at: ghg-protocol-revised.pdf (ghgprotocol.org)
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