E7 | Introducing the Health Care Climate Challenge

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Presentation: Introducing the Health Care Climate Challenge 

Speaker: Nick Thorp, Network Director - Global Green and Healthy Hospitals project

Nick Thorp is Network Director for the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) project at Health Care Without Harm. In this role, he works with GGHH staff around the globe to engage members, build communities of support, and connect them to the tools and resources that can best assist them in achieving their sustainability goals. He has 10 years of experience in the NGO sector working on issues related to the environmental/public health and sustainability.

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Presentation: Care Without Carbon: Challenging Climate 

Speaker: Oliver Slaughter, Sustainability Manager - Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Oliver is a Sustainability Manager within the Care Without Carbon team at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, with a background in Environmental Science and research knowledge of behaviour change principles. Oli is jointly responsible for waste management at the trust alongside work to improve and measure staff wellbeing. Most recently Oli has begun work to measure the trusts supply chain carbon footprint and work alongside suppliers and the procurement team to measure and reduce carbon impact from the supply of goods and services, closing the loop between procurement and waste to pursue a circular economy model for healthcare.

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Presentation: The Marrakesh University Hospital 

Speaker: Ahmed Idhammad, Head of Sustainable Development Unit - CHU Marrakech

President of Association for the Sustainable Development in Health (A2DS.org).
Head of Sustainable Development at the Mohammed VI University Hospital Center, Marrakech. Head of Technical Facilities Department at the Mohammed VI University Hospital Center, Marrakech. PhD in Modelling and Computational Science, University of Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech. Researcher on Environmental subjects and Energy Efficiency.

The World Bank Group estimates that health care contributes roughly five percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. If the projected growth in health spending is not coupled with a decarbonization strategy, we can expect health care’s carbon footprint to possibly triple between now and 2050.
Hospitals, health centers, and public health workers are first responders to the health effects of climate change and these institutions will inevitably bear high costs resulting from the growing number of extreme weather events.
By jointly implementing resiliency and de-carbonization strategies within the sector, climate-smart health is reducing emissions. It can also help power health systems in resource constrained settings, while supporting resiliency and adaptation everywhere.
This approach forms a foundation from which health care can contribute to broader policy, economic and communications initiatives in concert with global climate and health goals.
With the Health Care Climate Challenge, an initiative of Health Care Without Harm, organizations, hospitals and health systems around the globe are joining together to pledge their commitments to address climate change head on and transition to climate-smart health care.
Learn about the Health Care Climate Challenge, the important role of the health sector in addressing climate change and how to join this global movement. Hear directly from participating organizations on how they are reducing their carbon emissions, preparing to stand resilient to the impacts of a changing climate, and taking a leadership role to protect public and environmental health.

 

 

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