Sustainable Development Impact Summit

First do no harm. Why healthcare needs to change

The world’s healthcare systems account for 4% of global CO2 emissions. Image: Marcelo Leal/Unsplash

Robert Metzke
Global Head of Sustainability, Philips
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Health carbon footprint (HCF) as percentage of national carbon footprint (CF) grouped by region where the emissions occurred (a) and health carbon footprint per capita grouped by financing scheme (b) in 2014, for all available countries in 2014.
Health carbon footprint (HCF) as percentage of national carbon footprint (CF) grouped by region where the emissions occurred (a) and health carbon footprint per capita grouped by financing scheme (b) in 2014. Image: IOP Science
Shares of health carbon footprint (HCF) attributable to OECD health care expenditure categories in 2014 (all OECD countries with available 2014 data, but excluding non-OECD countries China and India). Full names of the expenditure categories are: retailers and other providers of medical goods, hospitals, providers of ambulatory health care, residential long-term care facilities, providers of health care system administration and financing, providers of ancillary services, 'other' is a combined category of 'rest of the economy' and 'rest of the world', and providers of preventive care.
Shares of health carbon footprint (HCF) attributable to OECD health care spending in 2014. Image: IOP Science
NHS carbon dioxide emissions
NHS carbon dioxide emissions are greater than the annual emissions from all aircraft departing from Heathrow Airport. Image: The King's Fund
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