When you think of polluting sectors, you think of airplanes or cars, but mostly not directly of healthcare. More and more research, however, shows that healthcare has a huge impact on the environment. RIVM for example concluded that healthcare is responsible for no less than 7 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.
The healthcare sector therefore concluded a Green Deal Sustainable Healthcare, which consists of several agreements to increase sustainability. For example, in 2030, the CO2 emissions of the healthcare sector must be 55 percent lower (compared to 2018). In 2050, healthcare must be climate-neutral and operate in a 'maximum' circular manner. It also contains agreements about offering more sustainable (non-animal) food to patients and employees. Knowledge about environmental impact must also be increased, and attention must be paid to sustainability in treatment guidelines and education.
The Green Deal is seen as an ambitious agreement to become more sustainable. At the same time, it is said it cannot bring the necessary transition quickly enough due to insufficient obligation and a lack of structural financing. During this fire-chat session we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of this Green Deal with different experts from the healthcare sector.
This session will be moderated by Prof.dr. Maroeska Rovers, University of Twente - TechMed Centre.
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