The Welsh government has indicated its intention to deliver a decarbonisation plan for the social care sector by March 2022.
Delivering a statement in Parliament, Eluned Morgan, the Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales, highlighted health and social care’s “crucial role” in contributing to the Welsh public sector’s collective ambition to reach net zero by 2030.
In response to this challenge, the minister said the NHS Wales Decarbonisation Strategic Delivery Plan, published in March this year, set out key commitments for delivery across Wales’ highest emission areas, but this is “just the beginning”.
The minister highlighted good practice that has been identified across the social care sector, including the use of cluster-based domiciliary care calls to reduce emissions.
“The social care sector is well represented and is working hard as the work progresses, and it’s committed to its collective efforts within the public sector’s 2030 net-zero ambition,” she said.
Morgan explained that the health and social care sectors have a “collective and critical leadership role” in driving and embedding net zero across all that they do.
She added: “We know how tirelessly our health and social care sector have worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and that further winter pressures lie ahead. However, the climate emergency has not and will not go away and must be responded to with the same urgency that the pandemic has required of our sector.”