The global healthcare sector, which includes hospitals, medical facilities, and medical supply chains accounts for nearly 5% of global emissions. Climate change will pose new threats to public health, giving healthcare a responsibility to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Net-zero healthcare is a concept meant to fight the climate crisis while improving public health.

What does the term ‘net-zero’ mean?
“Net zero refers to the idea that we minimize all of the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from our organization’s activities to essentially zero when accounting for sources and sinks that we influence” Dr. Todd Cort, Faculty Co-Director for the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) and the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance (YISF), says. “It is the idea of netting out the positives and the negatives in our emissions so you walk away with, essentially, no impact.” . . .

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