Decarbonisation of the health sector

Drafted by European academies, this document considers the contribution of the health-sector to the decarbonisation targets of the European Union. Achieving these targets requires integrated action across all sectors, including the health-care sector with an estimated 5% share in total emissions.

EASAC / FEAM Commentary "Decarbonisation of the health sector"
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Reducing carbon footprints of health systems, for example by reducing greenhouse gas emissions during construction and running of hospitals and associated transportation, can bring local and near-term benefits to health. There are also considerable opportunities with procurement, for example by providing sustainable and healthy diets for patients.

This systems change requires adopting a culture in the health sector to value sustainability and to share good practice for change at local, national and international levels. Important in this context is cooperation with policy-makers in developing target-oriented measures.

Pages: 10 p.

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