D1: Innovations that can reduce the impact of healthcare on the environment

Wednesday 22 June 2022 | 11:00-12:15

Format: Presentation
Stream: Quality, Cost, Value
Content filters: Responses to the covid-19 pandemic

Healthcare is one of the most polluting industries, responsible for nearly 5% of total global greenhouse gases and generating over a tonne of waste per hospital bed each year. The covid-19 pandemic has also greatly exacerbated the use of single-use plastics which have limited potential for recycling.

In this session, we hear from global experts and real world innovative improvement projects published in a special issue of BMJ Innovations, in partnership with the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), that looked at practical ways to improve the quality of patient care while also reducing our impact on the environment in the process.

Fawzia Rasheed, Senior Advisor to the Director of Health, Aga Khan Development Network; Switzerland

Ashley McKimm, Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Innovations, BMJ; England

Shweta Narayan, International Climate and Health Campaigner, Health Care Without Harm; India

Peter Friberg, Co-founder and Director, Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation; Sweden

Elaine Mulcahy, Director, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change; England