The letter, backed by 20 organisations including the UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH), is accompanied by a handbook, Sustaining a Healthy Future - Taking action on climate change.
The NHS is the UK public sector's biggest single carbon emitter, with a carbon footprint of over 18 million tonnes of CO2.
The handbook includes practical guidance for NHS decision makers on reducing their organisation's carbon footprint and was produced by the FPH, the NHS Sustainable Development Unit and the NHS Confederation.
Professor Alan Maryon-Davies, FPH president, said: ‘I urge all NHS managers to adopt Sustaining a Healthy Future as a basic guide to carbon reduction - and to share it with their teams and colleagues to inspire everyday action.'
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