In a significant step forward, G7 health ministers declared their aim “to build environmentally sustainable and climate-neutral health systems at the latest by 2050 and to support other countries in this effort.”

“The nations responsible for nearly half of healthcare’s climate emissions have just come together and signalled their ambition to decarbonise while also promoting climate resilience and greater health equity,” said Josh Karliner, International Director for Program and Strategy – Health Care Without Harm. “This builds on Glasgow and the COP26 Health Programme commitments. It is another watershed moment in a cascading series of healthcare climate actions.”

Healthcare contributes more than 4.4% of net global greenhouse gas emissions. The G7, an informal forum of seven leading industrial nations and democracies (Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, together with the European Union), makes up 46% of healthcare’s global climate footprint. . .

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