Health sector strategies
As the threats of climate change become increasingly important, win-win strategies for mitigation, health improvement, and cost savings offer a range of advantages for various stakeholders. Greener health care operations can generate patient and worker health benefits while also saving energy, mitigating climate risks and creating long-term cost savings.
Strategies covered here reduce emissions of both long-lived CO2 as well as emissions of short-lived climate pollutants including black carbon from diesel generator emissions and anaesthetic gases, such as NO2. They can also help improve facility resilience and resource management, while promoting equitable access to health services.
Sustainable development strategies for cities with significant health co-benefits include:
- Clean, on-site energy generation
- Building design
- Natural and mixed-mode ventilation
- Transport and siting
- Building equipment and appliances
- Energy-efficient medical devices
- Sustainable procurement of health-care commodities
- Health-care waste management
- Sewage and wastewater management
- Rainwater harvesting
- Capture of inhaled anaesthetics