On 7 October 2021, the International Hospital Federation and Dialog Health will host a special virtual event for leaders of the global healthcare community, to share their stories about developing innovative practices for a sustainable future.
Hospital and healthcare professionals are at the forefront of the fight against climate change, which is at risk of becoming the biggest public health threat of our generation:
- If the world’s healthcare sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest emitter of carbon emissions on the planet
- Medical professionals have identified climate change from carbon emissions as the ‘biggest global health threat of the 21st century’
- Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause more than 250,000 additional deaths per year
Designing a green hospital
The keynote speaker at the event is Dr Satoru Komatsumoto, Emeritus Director of Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital, which is Japan’s first green hospital. Dr Komatsumoto will share his insights into designing a resilient hospital: "Sixteen years ago, I proposed that our hospital should be eco-conscious. I wanted to create a hospital that would be beautiful and that would organically integrate all the features to meet the challenges of the future. I wondered what kind of hospital would meet the needs of our time. I studied very hard to imagine a next generation hospital."
The programme also includes speakers from Europe and the US, sharing strategies to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030, sustainable food circuits and building a carbon-neutral hospital, plus dedicated time for small group discussions with the experts to explore innovative ideas.