As climate change continues to impact our world, more industries are looking for solutions to lower carbon emissions, and the health care system is no exception. In a new Sounding Board published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and other institutions propose strategies to advance the industry into a net-zero emissions future, beginning with mandatory emissions reporting from U.S. health care organizations.

“Excessive greenhouse gas emissions are causing preventable harm to our patients, the health care workforce and society,” said Dr. Hardeep Singh, lead author of the report and professor of medicine at Baylor and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

“Decarbonization should be an essential component of quality improvement efforts. We propose that all health care organizations should start measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions for transparency, accountability and improvement purposes.”…

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