Health designs a pilot project to lead the green health transition

November 24, 2022
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The Ministry of Universal Health and Public Health has designed a pilot project to lead the green health transition.

In this sense, a working day with health departments addresses the challenge of sustainable health, the effects of climate change on health and the imminent need to address actions to reduce the carbon footprint in Health.

The conference, which will take place in Valencia on the 24th, is part of the pilot mentoring program to tutor eleven Valencian public health hospitals that have already calculated their CO2 footprint.

This pilot program has been promoted from the Innovation area that the Fisabio Foundation maintains in the Xàtiva-Ontinyent Health Department and which is a benchmark in health sustainability. Thus, it has won several European awards for its leadership in promoting actions to reduce its GHG emissions and raising awareness among other health institutions about this need and in the fight against the effects of climate change.

This organizing department has the support and collaboration of the international organization Health Care Without Harm (HCWC Europe) (Health without Harm) to which it has belonged since 2028. This organization provides tools and resources for health institutions to work on the impact that Health on the environment and climate change.

HCWH Europe, in coordination with the driving team of this pilot program, has provided the necessary tools and methodology during the last two months for eleven Valencian public hospitals to calculate their carbon footprint.

At the end of the day, the results of this calculation will be announced as a fundamental piece before addressing actions that reduce GHG emissions. This previous work also serves to direct actions towards the points where each hospital needs the most when establishing its own reduction of GHG emissions.

The first part of this conference is dedicated to bringing together the maximum number of health center managers and explaining to them the importance of addressing the impact that Health has on the environment and on the effects of climate change.

For this, the organization has planned various tables and conferences with administrative, political and technical managers from both Valencian, state and international, public and private institutions.

During this first part, awareness will be raised about the impact of climate change on health, the adaptation and mitigation of its effects on people and the urgency, and need to implement sustainability policies in health centers.

It is also intended that Valencian public health generate innovation in what they have called "the green health transition", for which various examples of success in English public health in the field of sustainability will be presented.

The final idea is to make the Valencian public health system aware of the importance of undertaking initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint and carry out sustainability actions.

In the afternoon, the so-called huellatón will be shown: the calculation of the CO2 footprint of the hospitals of Sant Vicent del Raspeig, Sagunt, Elche, Marina Baixa, Requena, Sant Joan, Alcoy, Castelló, Elda, Doctor Peset and Gandia; the eleven who have participated in this pilot program.