As the healthcare sector becomes more and more aware of its role in both contributing to and addressing climate change, hospitals are taking steps towards zero-carbon healthcare.
Our latest publication, the Healthcare decarbonisation toolkit: Experiences from the Mediterranean region, aims to facilitate the integration of climate action into healthcare planning and is aimed at those working in healthcare facilities that want to develop a carbon management plan for their organisation.
The toolkit, which was launched at this year's European Healthcare Climate Summit, offers an introduction to the key concepts of carbon management, as well as a practical step-by-step guide to developing a carbon management plan to chart a course for decarbonisation in line with the Paris Agreement.
It also includes a set of resources and tools to support healthcare providers on this journey: a carbon management plan template, a brief guide to the roles and responsibilities of a carbon management team, and a tool to calculate the cost and carbon savings potential from implementing a carbon management plan.
The toolkit was developed as a part of our Low-carbon healthcare in the Mediterranean region project, which supported participating hospitals in establishing internal carbon management teams, measuring their emissions, setting targets, identifying carbon reduction opportunities, and creating carbon management plans. The project also facilitated networking between Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) members in the region and encouraged an exchange of best practice. Alongside the toolkit, a series of case studies (Healthcare carbon management in the Mediterranean region) outlining participating hospitals’ experiences and the challenges they faced are also available.
The Healthcare decarbonisation toolkit is available exclusively for members of our GGHH network via the GGHH Connect platform. Becoming a GGHH member in Europe gives healthcare providers access to this platform, through which members can also share experiences, challenges, resources, and advice with thousands of other healthcare providers around the world.
Not a member yet? Now is a great time to join our network and access our Healthcare decarbonisation toolkit, along with a suite of other resources available on GGHH Connect to support your efforts towards sustainable, climate-smart healthcare.