HCWH Europe’s latest Climate-smart Healthcare project will help develop the Mediterranean as a best-practice region for low-carbon healthcare in Europe supported by progressive environment and health policies.
There is great potential for emisssion reduction in the health care sector. Photo: Pixabay
Project content and Measures
The Low-carbon healthcare in the Mediterranean Region project will help participating hospitals to establish internal carbon management teams and plans, facilitate knowledge and best practice sharing, and also encourage replication across the Mediterranean region through a low-carbon healthcare toolkit that can be used by other hospitals. The toolkit will be presented alongside case studies from the participating hospitals at the 2021 European Healthcare Climate Summit, hosted in the Mediterranean region.
Policy recommendations will also be developed in consultation with a broad range of relevant expert stakeholders from both within and outside of the Mediterranean healthcare sector. These policy recommendations will help to identify the legislative changes necessary to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon healthcare in the region.
The global healthcare sector’s climate footprint is equivalent to 4.4% of global net greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, which negatively impacts the health of the very communities the sector serves. There is, therefore, a powerful incentive for the healthcare sector to take action – firstly to reduce the volume of its greenhouse gas emissions, and secondly to become a leading advocate for societal and political action on climate change.
As global temperatures are increasing so are the negative health impacts and the Mediterranean region already faces specific threats from climate change (e.g. extreme heat waves and rising sea levels), but also has many opportunities to prevent or reduce emissions (e.g. solar energy and energy efficient cooling). This project aims to address these opportunities and challenges and to facilitate the transition to low-carbon healthcare by working with hospitals in the Mediterranean region.
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This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.