Moving forward with climate-smart health care

Health Care Without Harm is forging a path for the health sector to close in on zero emissions by 2050 through a series of climate solutions that can protect public health from climate change while accelerating the transition to a low emission, resilient economy. These solutions must also address the need to increase social equity and access to health care. To achieve these goals, we’ve built a strategy to scale climate-smart health care with three interwoven objectives:

Decarbonize health care's energy consumption, operations, and supply chain and reduce its climate footprint in alignment with the ambition of the Paris Agreement.

Build health systems and facilities to withstand and thrive despite the impacts of climate change by deploying climate solutions that can achieve more equitable access to care, resulting in healthy, resilient communities.

Accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy by being climate policy advocates, leveraging our purchasing power to hasten societal decarbonization, and mobilizing health care institutions, both public and private, as trusted climate communicators.

The movement for a healthy climate

The Health Care Without Harm Global Network is composed of regional offices in Europe, South East Asia, United States & Canada; a Latin America regional team and a global secretariat. Strategic partner organizations represent us in Australia (Climate and Health Alliance), Brazil (Projecto Hospitais Saudáveis), China (Rock Environment and Energy Institute) India (Public Health Foundation of IndiaLung Care Foundation, Healthy Energy Initiative India), Nepal (The Health Environment and Climate Action Foundation) and South Africa (groundWork)

Health Care Without Harm and its partners also lead Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, a worldwide network of hospitals and health systems with more than 1,600 members in 79 countries, representing the interests of over 62,000 hospitals and health centers.

We also work in partnership with international organizations, including the World Health Organization, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Global Climate and Health Alliance, and World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA).

About Health Care Without Harm
Health Care Without Harm works to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.