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.
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
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.
Health ministries that have committed to the COP26 Health Program and are part of the Alliance for Transformative Action in Climate and Health (ATACH) have access to a stand-alone Excel version of the tool and an accompanying guide. Health ministries can also join Health Care Without Harm's Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network (GGHH) to access the online version of CIC.
Solutions in action & resources
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.
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.
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
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.