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Published: 05 May, 2021

Decarbonisation of the health sector

NEWS The increasingly ambitious climate targets for reduced carbon dioxide emissions set by the European Union call for integrated action in all sectors. The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) are organizing a webinar on the topic on 10 May.

Text: Ulrika Järvholm

The health care sector has rarely been a part of the discussions, despite the fact that the sector contributes to about 5 percent of the total emissions. In addition, while mitigation measures would contribute to important emission reductions, it could have positive health effects if applying a "green" sustainability thinking for the hospitals, which includes the development of patient meals, a review of transport and new care models that include well-developed digital health strategies.

The primary care can also make a significant contribution. The health care sector can reduce its climate impact through the development of sustainability strategies, whilst at the same time supporting patients and society as a whole towards a sustainable lifestyle.

The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) are organizing a webinar on the topic on 10 May at 14.00.

Professor Sir Andrew Haines, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine gives an introductory presentation and from Umeå University Maria Nilsson, professor of public health science at the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health is part of the program.

Information about the webinar (agenda, list of panellists, link for registration)