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The Dutch Minister for Medical Care to address sustainable healthcare leaders

Sep 25, 2018

Bruno Bruins, Minister for Medical Care of The Netherlands, will be a guest speaker at CleanMed Europe 2018. On Wednesday 10 October, Mr. Bruins will address an audience of sustainable healthcare leaders at Radboud University Medical Center, in the European Green Capital: Nijmegen. The Minister will present the Netherlands’ Green Deal programme: an accessible way for companies, stakeholder organisations, local and regional governments, and interest groups to work with the Dutch Central Government on green growth and social issues.

The Netherlands is on the way to a new sustainable economy, with the aim to remove barriers, help sustainable initiatives get off the ground, and accelerate this process where possible.

The goal of the programme is to accelerate the creation of a sustainable care sector.

The ‘Green Deal’ in numbers

Since starting in 2011 more than 200 Green Deals have been signed. The Netherland’s ‘Green Deal’ programme already has 41 participating care institutions, 9 ambassadors from the care sector, 10 municipalities, 5 regional implementing agencies, 24 organisations and companies, and involves the ministries of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure and Environment, and Health, Welfare and Sport.

Mr Bruins’ presentation will be followed by a panel of speakers presenting sustainable procurement in healthcare led by Rosemary Kumwenda, Regional Team Leader for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Co-ordinator of the UN’s informal Inter-Agency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS).

Sustainable procurement can drive positive health impacts for patients, communities, and the environment. Public procurement has been identified as a key entry point for promoting more sustainable production and consumption patterns.

The role of procurement in influencing the environmental impact of health sector operations is well acknowledged, and sustainable procurement practices have the capacity to reduce a significant proportion of the health sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.

By adopting sustainable procurement policies, strategies and practices, health systems, governments and international development actors can, therefore, be drivers for a significant shift towards inclusive, green economies by requiring products and services that are compliant with environmental and social standards throughout their lifecycle.

Rosemary will be joined by International Sustainability Director of Health Care Without Harm Susan Wilburn, who will give an overview of the power of procurement in driving transformational change in the healthcare sector, including SHiPP - HCWH’s recently launched Sustainable Health in Procurement Project - a collaboration with the UNDP.

This session will close with Robert Metzke the Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy and Head of Sustainability at Royal Philips, who will provide an industry perspective of sustainable procurement in healthcare.

Read more about this plenary session here

About CleanMed Europe

CleanMed Europe is Europe's leading conference on sustainable healthcare. The conference addresses the environmental impact of the healthcare sector on a local, regional, and global level and is organised by Health Care Without Harm Europe and Radboud University Medical Center.

CleanMed Europe 2018 will take place on 10-12 October at Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands – the 2018 European Green Capital.

The conference showcases cutting-edge practices in sustainable healthcare and is the ideal venue for healthcare innovators to gather and share ideas, finding new ways to inspire their organisations and communities. CleanMed Europe provides the optimal platform to hear about the latest industry trends, discuss diverse topics, and network with international thought-leaders. www.cleanmedeurope.org

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