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 anywhere in the world measure their GHG footprint. It provides a starting point to measure, manage, and support mitigation goals and action planning no matter where your facility is located. Available both online and in a downloadable spreadsheet, Checkup also facilitates integrating these actions with other environmental strategies such as sustainable procurement.

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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.

Climate impact checkup is exclusively for members of Global Green and Healthy Hospitals and, in the United States, Practice Greenhealth. Not yet a member? Now is a great time to join this free network and access Checkup along with a suite of other resources to support your efforts toward sustainable, climate-smart health care.

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.

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

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.