Revolution-ZERO – a sustainable, zero waste targeted medical textiles initiative – has been awarded SBRI Healthcare funding to support the NHS in its ambition to reduce its carbon footprint and achieve its net zero target.

The company, which has received support from the West of England AHSN, is one of ten winners to secure the SBRI funding for a six-month project to demonstrate whether the innovation is technically feasible and has an impact on carbon reductions.

As the UK’s largest employer, the NHS is responsible for 4% of the nation’s carbon emissions and has a crucial role to play in the government’s strategy to meet its net zero emissions target by 2050.

In 2019, an ambitious ‘Greener NHS campaign’ was launched to reduce its own carbon footprint and achieve net zero emissions. In July 2021, SBRI Healthcare launched its first net zero focussed development funding to help respond to this challenge.

Tom Dawson, Founding Director, said: “We are delighted that Revolution-ZERO has won SBRI funding and to be part of this historic drive to help the NHS deliver on its net zero commitment – and we’re excited to continue our development of the initiative, in partnership with the NHS, to displace the single-use textile waste generated by surgery.”

“The West of England AHSN has provided us with an important support network and reviewed the value of our approach for NHS stakeholders. We are looking forward to ongoing engagement with the AHSN and clinical and procurement stakeholders, as we scale up through the region and beyond.”

Nigel Harris, Director of Innovation and Growth at the West of England AHSN adds: “We’re delighted to have supported Tom and Revolution-ZERO in their bid to secure the SBRI funding in support of the Greener NHS sustainability pledge.  We look forward to continuing this support and exploring future opportunities with our members.”

You can read more about the Revolution-Zero initiative here

You can read more about the Greener NHS programme here

SBRI Healthcare is a cutting-edge programme, funded by the NHS and supported by the AHSN Network, to assist in the development of new innovations which meet known NHS challenges.

Posted on February 17, 2022

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