The numbers don’t lie: around 5% of the CO2 emission on earth is caused by healthcare. Where people are taken care of in the foreground, people are getting sick of the pollution caused by healthcare in the background. This should – and can be – different, is the opinion of Cathy van Beek, who, as quarter master Sustainable Care, aims for the development and implementation of diverse sustainable initiatives.
Commissioned by the ministry of VWS, Van Beek, former board member of the Radboud UMC, is hired to stimulate the targets of the Green Deal Sustainable Care. Over 200 parties joined the deal and expressed their intentions to contribute to this ambition for the next couple of years. Health insurer CZ, for example, has promised to be more critical on sustainable purchases of generic medicines and the NEN, which sets national product standards, pays extra attention to sustainability in healthcare and medical instruments.
“Nothing but a win”, says Van Beek. These are big steps that will make sure that the entire healthcare sector and stakeholders will contribute. Around 5% of the CO2 emission on earth is caused by healthcare. Then there is no other way than stand up and face this problem together. If we decrease the CO2 emission by halve in 2030, we have reached a win for the healthcare sector.
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