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Transition to sustainable plastic packaging for consumer healthcare products

This Position Paper from the Global Self Care Federation (GSCF) outlines the consumer healthcare industry's perspective on policies needed to enhance sustainable packaging for non-prescription medicines and food supplements. It...

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Discussion paper, Global

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Sectoral Guidance

This Sectoral Guidance document is designed as a simplified sectoral guidance to supplement general GHG protocol guidance. It aims to assist self-care suppliers in developing a GHG reduction strategy by providing non-technical...

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, GHG emissions baseline assessments, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Guidance document, Tools, Global

Smart Hospital Initiative: Toolkit

This toolkit provides health system administrators and policymakers a practical guide to strengthening structural and operational aspects and providing green technologies, in order to improve hospitals' resilience and reduce their carbon footprint.

Categories: Climate Resilient Health Systems, Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Net zero health systems, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Tools, Global, Americas (Pan American Health Organization)

Carbon Emissions Learning Lab

The Carbon Emissions Learning Lab (CELL) is an on-line platform to train users on decision making to achieve net zero health systems. It is a learning tool for executives in the healthcare sector who are navigating net zero health systems. CELL provides users with a realistic, low-risk simulation, powered by real-world data, to analyze the implementation of carbon-reduction initiatives in hospital systems. CELL empowers users to become climate leaders through informed, sustainability-oriented decision-making.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Net zero health systems, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Training, Tools, Global, Europe

Target setting for low carbon sustainable health systems

This document contains key considerations and a practical checklist to assist health system administrators and policy makers in setting credible and ambitious decarbonization targets for the health sector.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, GHG emissions baseline assessments, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Guidance document, Global

Red and processed meat in the context of health and the environment: many shades of red and green. Information brief

This document synthesizes the evidence on the role of red and processed meat production and consumption in health and environmental outcomes and in different social and political contexts. It also provides a brief overview of potential interventions to optimize health/environmental outcomes.

Categories: Nutrition, Net zero health systems, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Discussion paper, Global

Aga Khan Development Network’s Tool to Calculate Health Operations Emissions

This Excel tool calculates the GHG emissions of health care facility operations. It converts readily available data from health facilities and community-based programs into instant carbon read-outs using accurate and up-to-date carbon conversion factors. Downloads include: Excel tool and guidance document in both English and French.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, GHG emissions baseline assessments, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Guidance document, Tools, Global

Climate Impact Checkup Tool and guidance

The Climate Impact Checkup tool can be used to assess GHG emissions baselines of health care facilities using facility-level data on energy, transport, waste, and gases to then calculate footprints based on national or local emissions factors. Downloads include: Excel tool, two training videos, guidance document and slides for users and trainers.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, GHG emissions baseline assessments, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Guidance document, Training, Tools, Global

Designing a Net Zero Roadmap for Healthcare: Technical methodology and Guidance

This resource describes a methodology, which includes guiding principles and methods, for a national or regional health authority to measure their health systems emissions and develop a decarbonisation roadmap that is compatible with the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Access to climate change funding for health, Net zero health systems, GHG emissions baseline assessments, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Guidance document, Americas (Pan American Health Organization)

Greener NHS: Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service

This report outlines a strategy of the National Health Service to become ‘carbon net zero’ by 2040 for the emissions it controls directly and 2045 for the emissions it can influence. It is a good example for building low carbon sustainable health systems.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Country experience, Europe

Global Roadmap for Health Care Decarbonization

This document establishes a global vision for health systems to work toward zero emissions while advancing climate resilience and global health goals. It also provides country specific information for 68 nations to begin to develop their own analysis and national road maps.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Discussion paper, Global

Sustainable Procurement Index for Health (SPIH)

The SPIH is an excel tool to aid the procurement process by assessing greenhouse gas emissions and other sustainability indicators of suppliers and their products. The tool consists of set of questions and a scoring approach and comes with a user’s guide and webinar recording.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Guidance document, Tools, Global

Health Care Climate Footprint

This report provides a global estimate of health systems’ greenhouse gas emissions (with 43 country specific estimates) and examines the contributions of specific elements, such as anesthetic gases. It identifies research gaps to further understand the sector’s emissions and outlines multi-level policy recommendations for climate action.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, GHG emissions baseline assessments, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Discussion paper, Global

The HealthcareLCA Database of Environmental Assessments within Healthcare

HealthcareLCA is a repository of healthcare-related life cycle assessments (LCA), which include individual pharmaceuticals and health systems. The LCAs evaluate global warming potential, and other environmental and health impact categories. This is a useful resource to guide the alignment of procurement with a low-carbon pathway.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, GHG emissions baseline assessments, Tools, Global

The Green Theatre Checklist to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Operating Theatres.

This resource contains a checklist and an associated compendium of evidence developed by surgical colleges in the UK to assist surgical teams in reducing the carbon footprint of operating theatres. It is a practical resource to aid the implementation of low-carbon health systems.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Tools, Global, Europe

How to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Inhaler Prescribing - A Guide for Healthcare Professionals in the UK

This guide aims to reduce the carbon footprint of inhaler prescribing in the UK healthcare system, contributing towards achieving zero emissions. It provides principles, approaches, FAQs, and carbon footprint category of inhaler devices. It targets UK healthcare professionals but could be useful in other settings.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Guidance document, Country experience, Europe

NHS England’s Net Zero Supplier Roadmap

This document is the National Health Service (NHS) roadmap to help suppliers align with their net zero ambition up to 2030. This approach builds on UK Government procurement policy and serves as a good practice example for others embarking on low carbon procurement pathways.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Country experience, Europe

Healthcare's Response to Climate Change: A Carbon Footprint Assessment of the NHS in England

This article contains the National Health Service in England’s latest developments on its greenhouse gas accounting work, including interventions for mitigation efforts, and an approach applicable to other country’s health settings. It is a useful resource for those working on GHG emissions baseline assessments.

Categories: Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Supply chains, Net zero health systems, GHG emissions baseline assessments, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Guidance document, Country experience, Global

WHO Guidance for Climate Resilient and Environmentally Sustainable Health Care Facilities

This guidance aims to enhance the capacity of health care facilities (HCFs) to protect and improve health in an unstable and changing climate and to empower HCFs to be environmentally sustainable, by optimizing resource use and minimizing the release of waste into the environment.

Categories: Climate Resilient Health Systems, Low Carbon Sustainable Health Systems, Health National Adaptation Plans, Net zero health systems, Action Plans for sustainable low carbon health systems, Guidance document, Global

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