At a COP27 event, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) delegation announced a joint plan with the National Health Service (NHS) of England to align procurement requirements – highlighting the significant contribution of the supply chain to emissions in the health care sector. The sector accounts for 4.4% of global GHG emissions, and more than 70% of those emissions are derived from the supply chain.

HHS and NHS plan to meet between now and Earth Day 2023 to align and refine guidance on procurement requirements by COP28. Other nations have been invited to join the conversation with both entities.

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