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.
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
OraTaiao supports a network of health professionals around Aotearoa-New Zealand 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.
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.