NICE Urges Local Authorities to Consider Hybrid or Electric
Today, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) launched draft quality standard guidance, which suggests that the NHS and local authorities should consider moving to hybrid or electric vehicles to help reduce air pollution.
A study by Oxford University and the University of Bath suggests that air pollution from cars and vans costs the UK upwards of £5.9 billion per year in health, almost £1 billion of which can be attributed to treatment from hospital admissions and related illnesses.
“The public sector has a key role to play in reducing the emissions from its vehicle fleet. Promoting an efficient driving style can not only reduce the amount of air pollutants from vehicles, but also save money through reduced fuel consumption.
“Organisations should make low vehicle emissions one of the key criteria when making routine procurement decisions. This could include selecting low-emission vehicles, including electric vehicles.
“Lowering road traffic related air pollution will help reduce the significant financial costs currently incurred by the NHS through treating related illnesses.” – Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE.
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