Kerala Health Department in Race to Zero campaign supported by UN, Health News, ET HealthWorld


New Delhi, Health Care Without Harm, Race to Zero’s official health partner, announced on Monday that more than 50 health facilities collectively representing more than 11,500 health facilities in 21 countries, including Kerala in India, were part of the Race to Zero campaign supported by the UN.

By joining Race to Zero, these organizations commit to achieving the goal of zero net emissions by 2050. They are now part of the largest alliance ever created outside of national governments committed to creating a zero carbon world in accordance with the ‘Paris Agreement.

Race to Zero healthcare organizations include institutions ranging from individual, public and private hospitals and healthcare systems to all health departments of provincial or state governments. In recent weeks, several major healthcare systems have made this vital commitment.

These systems include the Kerala Health Services Authority, the Private International Health Care and Insurance System, Bupa and CommonSpirit Health in the United States.

They are showing global leadership in the health sector by committing to net zero emissions and taking immediate climate action.

“It’s exciting to see the momentum of healthcare organizations around the world joining Race to Zero. All health organizations, large and small, can accelerate the transition to a healthier, more sustainable and more equitable world, ”said Gonzalo Muoz, senior United Nations climate champion.

“At a time when Kerala faces unprecedented climate events, the state health ministry has shown its commitment to climate resilience and is committed to achieving net zero health care by joining the Race to Zero program. This initiative puts state health facilities on the right track. to be low carbon and resilient to climate change, ”said Kerala Health and Family Welfare Minister Veena George.

“As a global healthcare company, we are keenly aware that people’s health depends on a healthy planet and we believe we can continue to provide high quality healthcare while mitigating our impact on the planet. ‘environment. We can’t do it alone, which is why we are incredibly proud to join the Race to Zero campaign with Health Care Without Harm, setting our ambition to become a net zero business by 2040 and joining healthcare companies. health organizations who are also committed to driving change for a healthy people and planet, ”said Nigel Sullivan, Director of Sustainability and Human Resources, Bupa.

Looking ahead to COP26, Race to Zero’s health leadership is part of a diverse and growing global health sector movement for climate action.

National government ministries are making high-level commitments to decarbonize and resilient healthcare, while more than 45 million healthcare professionals have called for aggressive action to protect people’s health from harm. climate change.

Decarbonizing the health sector is key to reducing global emissions.

Health Care Without Harm’s 2019 report shows that the sector’s climate footprint is equivalent to 4.4% of global net emissions, with the majority coming from fossil fuels used in facility operations, supply chain and the global economy. general.

To guide the decarbonization of the sector, Health Care Without Harm’s global roadmap shows how implementing seven high-impact actions can reduce global emissions by 44 gigatons over 36 years, which is equivalent to keeping more than 2, 7 billion barrels of oil in the ground each year, potentially saving more than five million lives by the turn of the century.

–IANS

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