Carbon Reduction Guidelines

The NIHR Carbon Reduction Guidelines (PDF) for health researchers, provides a framework which identifies areas where sensible research design can reduce waste without adversely impacting on the validity and reliability of research.

The NIHR standard application form asks researchers to confirm that they have read the guidelines and followed the recommendations where possible.

The guidelines are designed to help the NHS meet its first target, set out in its 2009 Carbon Reduction Strategy for the NHS in England, of reducing its 2007 carbon footprint by 10% by 2015.

The guidelines were developed by researchers for researchers, with input from stakeholders across the NIHR, including clinical researchers and methodologists. They were informed by a study which was published in the BMJ.

Professor Dame Sally C Davies FRS FMedSci, Chief Medical Officer said: “Research is a core part of the NHS so the NIHR has a key role in reducing the carbon emissions from research. It is important that we continue to support excellence and act responsibly towards the environment."

You can watch Professor Dame Sally C. Davies talking about the guidelines.