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Aga Khan Health Services

Aga Khan Health Services

The Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) is committed to reducing the impact of health service delivery on climate and the environment. AKHS aims to achieve net-zero carbon operations for Scopes I and 2 by 2030 and has 2050 targets for the supply chain (following the NHS approach). AKHS has been calculating its carbon emissions for Scopes 1-3, waste generation, and water use for over two years for each of its 400 facilities in 8 countries. Many of the actions implemented to reduce carbon emissions have resulted in significant financial gains.

AKHS has developed the Aga Khan Development Network's Carbon Management tool for health facilities and operations. This tool, co-branded with the WHO and open access, enables quick and accurate calculations of carbon emissions, including those from the supply chain, using readily available data. The tool generates summary results and visual diagnostics in line with international protocols for greenhouse gas reporting.

AKHS also shares replicable lessons and insights with partners and through published literature. Their approach has been extensively tested, reviewed, and endorsed by experts in the field. AKHS has provided training in carbon benchmarking and management to over 40 Ministries of Health/Environment and more than 80 WHO staff members.

Supporting the following commitments:

  • Set a target date by which to achieve health systems net zero emissions (ideally by 2050).
  • Deliver a baseline assessment of greenhouse gas emissions of the health system (including supply chains).
  • Develop an action plan or roadmap by a set date to develop a sustainable low carbon health system (including supply chains).

Country experience: 

Tanzania, Kenya, Syria, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan


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