“While four and half per cent of greenhouse gas emissions may not sound like much, if we were to decarbonize healthcare, it would actually be equivalent to eliminating air travel,” says Dr. MacNeill, a surgical oncologist in Vancouver and global leader in healthcare sustainability.

The UBC lab, funded through the faculty of medicine’s Strategic Investment Fund, will tackle everything from hospital food-related pollution and unnecessary patient testing and treatment through to emissions stemming from the medical supply chain.

The research team will also study healthcare sustainability through a broader lens, examining the underlying factors responsible for the increased demand for healthcare services and how care delivery can be better integrated to reduce emissions and ultimately improve the health of patients and communities across the province. . .

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