Climate Impact Checkup

Health care’s GHG emissions calculator

Your starting point

Reducing your health care facility or system’s climate impact requires understanding where your greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions originate and setting your starting point.

Climate Impact Checkup is a calculator that helps health care institutions worldwide estimate their GHG footprint. It provides a starting point to measure and manage your emissions, support mitigation goals and develop action plans no matter where your facility is located. Available both online and in a downloadable spreadsheet, Checkup also facilitates the integration of these actions with other environmental strategies such as sustainable procurement. 

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Health care institutions around the world are using Checkup to calculate their climate footprint and commit to action through our initiatives including the Health Care Climate Challenge and the UN-backed Race to Zero campaign

Climate Impact Checkup calculates facility emissions originating from:

You are committed to reducing emissions and implementing climate-smart health care. Your next step is likely to be developing a climate mitigation strategy. To do that, you’ll need to understand the starting point or baseline of your GHG emissions. This baseline is vital to identifying priorities, developing plans, and implementing emissions reduction in facilities, operations, and procurement procedures.   

Climate Impact Checkup estimates GHG emissions from health care institutions based anywhere in the world by allowing you to input facility-level data primarily from energy consumption, transport, waste management, and gases relevant to the sector, and then calculating your footprint based on national or local emissions factors. It also enables health systems and facilities to benchmark their footprint against similar facilities in their country, region, and globally. Checkup also gives you access to a peer network, where members can share experiences and advice through discussion forums and a global community of practice.

Checkup users may include: health care facilities, both public and private, of any level of complexity and in any location, sub-national (city, state or provincial) health care systems, private and charitable health care systems national ministries of health (to measure their facilities’ footprint), and research institutions, such as universities.

Members of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals have access to both online and downloadable spreadsheet versions of the Climate Impact Checkup tool.

ATACH community of practice can access the downloadable spreadsheet, while health care and sustainability professionals who enroll in the online course receive both the downloadable spreadsheet and a limited online tool version for six months after registration.

We invite hospitals, health care facilities, and organizations globally to join the GGHH community. By doing so, they can access both comprehensive tool versions and benchmark their environmental footprint against comparable facilities worldwide, tap into a peer network, and benefit from numerous other resources.

Solutions in action & resources

Climate Checkup FAQs

Answers to commonly asked questions about Checkup such as who can use the calculator, why it's helpful for mitigation commmittments and which emissions sources are calculated.

Climate Checkup Technical FAQs

Answers to commonly asked questions that delve into the technical intricacies of our tool. 

Climate Impact Checkup Tool Overview

Discover the Climate Impact Checkup (CIC) brochure! This comprehensive resource overview provides valuable insights into how healthcare facilities can measure and reduce their carbon footprint. Download the brochure now and be part of the movement for a greener future.

Training sessions

Health Care Without Harm supports training events and creates communities of practice to encourage the adoption and use of the tool for climate resilient, low carbon, and sustainable healthcare in real-life scenarios.

Case study
Carbon footprint calculation in hospitals of the State of Mexico, led by the Center for Epidemiological Surveillance and Disease Control (CEVECE)

The State of Mexico's Center for Epidemiological Surveillance and Disease Control (CEVECE) leads a coalition of 63 health facilities in the State using Climate Impact Checkup to enhance and intensify the effectiveness of multiple mitigation efforts.

Case study
Carbon footprint calculation at Valdivia Health Service (VHS)

Valdivia Health Service in Chile used Climate Impact Checkup for its health facilities to establish a GHG baseline, detect high-emission activities, identify opportunities and evaluate the results and progress of implemented mitigation measures

Climate Impact Checkup tool updates

Our tool, designed to help health care facilities and systems measure and reduce their carbon footprint, has been updated with new GHG sources. It is now available also in Bahasa Indonesia and Traditional Mandarin.