The health sector has a large carbon (and other greenhouse gas) emissions footprint, from energy use, travel, waste, and resource use.
Health systems around the world (e.g. the UK National Health System) have recognised that they are contributing to health-harming climate change, and have committed to delivering climate-friendly services into the future. The 2020 Healthcare Climate Challenge is a leadership pledge by Hospitals, Health Centers and Health Systems from across the globe, see here.
Beyond climate-protection, carbon reduction and sustainability in the health sector can deliver many benefits to the health sector such as cost savings, quality improvements, and health gains for staff and the wider community, more info here.
The Sustainable Health Sector National Network NZ
- OraTaiao supports a network of health professionals around Aotearoa that are working to embed carbon reduction and sustainability into the NZ health sector. This group is called the Sustainable Health Sector National Network (NZ). Please contact us if you would like to join this network, or would like help getting started with your organisation.
Sustainable Healthcare in Aotearoa-New Zealand Forum, 24th November 2017 - Recordings and Presentations
Introduction and Mihi - Dr Rhys Jones, Dr Alex Macmillan, Dr David Galler Presentation
The Big Picture Context Around Climate Action & Sustainability in the Health Sector - Prof Sir Muir Gray Presentation
Impacts of Climate Change in NZ and the Deep South National Science Challenge - Dr Mike Williams Presentation
Implications for Health Effects of Climate Change in NZ and for Health Sector Adaptation - Dr Alex Macmillan Presentation
Co-benefits of Climate Action & Sustainability in the Health Sector - Dr Hayley Bennett Presentation
Getting Started with DHB Sustainability - Margriet Geesink - Presentation
Reducing the Climate Change Impact of Anaesthesia - Dr Rob Burrell - Presentation
Climate Smart Hospital Redevelopment - Dr Matt Jenks - Presentation
DHB Travel Planning - Valentino Luna-Hernandez - Presentation
Primary Care Climate and Sustainability Action - Dr Rebecca Randerson - Presentation
Waitakere Hospital Woodford Gardens - William Van Ausdal - Powerpoint
Preparing for the Health Impacts of Climate Change - Dr Richard Jaine - Presentation
Sustainability Impacts of Our Daily Clinical Decisions - Dr Forbes McGain - Presentation
Successes in DHB Sustainability Report - Dr Gay Keating - Presentation
Measuring the Success of Climate and Sustainability Action in DHBs - Debbie Wilson - Presentation
Tips for Getting DHB Leadership on Board - Dr David Galler - Presentation
NZ Green Building Council Green Star Performance Tool for Assessing Health Buildings - Sam Archer - Presentation
Energy Efficiency in the Health Sector - Graham Dray - Presentation
Address by Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter - Presentation
Closing/Whakamutunga - Dr Rhys Jones - Presentation
Offset Your Unavoidable Carbon Emissions
- In 2013 OraTaiao launched Forests for Health NZ (FFH) as a way for health professionals to offset their carbon emissions. Details about FFH here. Offset carbon emissions here
See here for a report on sustainability and carbon reduction successes in some DHBs in Aotearoa-NZ
See here for practical tips on what health professionals can do to address climate change.
See here for resources on how to make the health sector more sustainable and climate-friendly.
Video on health sector sustainability at Barts NHS Trust, UK.