BEIJING, China-February 6, 2018- The China Academy of Building Research
and partners hosted a seminar launching the Chinese language version of
The World Bank Group’s 2017 report Climate-Smart Healthcare: Low Carbon and Resilience Strategies for the Health Sector, jointly
produced with Health Care Without Harm. The report proposes a new
concept of “climate-smart” health care, introducing strategies that
tackle the effects of climate change on the health care sector and
reduce its own carbon footprint.
The report is critical to the future of health care, as climate change
significantly damages public health and the negative consequences of
climate change are only projected to increase in the future. At the same
time, health care contributes to global climate change through its
energy consumption, operations, and carbon-intensive procurement
policies. By addressing these challenges, hospitals and health systems
can mitigate the effects of climate change, while growing more
Xu Jiefeng, CEO General Manager of the China Academy of Building
Research, opened the event noting that the report and seminar is
particularly relevant to China’s commitments to green development across
sectors. He discussed China’s pledge to carbon emissions reduction by
2030 at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, and
the country’s parallel Healthy China 2030 plan. Mr. Xu Jiefeng
expressed that promoting the construction of "green hospitals" is
necessary to continuing the trend of sustainable development and is also
a key factor in realizing China’s climate and health commitments.
Bank Global Health and Environmental Specialist, Timothy Bouley, and
HCWH International Director, Josh Karliner, introduced the report’s
background and contents, as well as the progress and practices of
countries already building climate-smart health care systems.
“The Bank has already begun to integrate the climate-smart healthcare
framework into its project planning and operations in various countries
to take advantage of what is an ‘enormous opportunity for both our own
portfolios and operating health systems,’” stated Mr. Bouley.
Dr. Miao Yanqing from China National Health Development Research Center
shared her perspectives on the future of green and sustainable
healthcare in China. She said, “Firmly establishing the concept of
green development in the health industry, and constructing a green
health service system will become an important part of promoting the
development of a healthy China and it will become a new trend in leading
the development of global health and health service system. "
Zhao Ang, Director of the Rock Environment and Energy Institute,
suggested steps that can be taken to achieve green health care in China.
“In response to global action to address climate change, China's
environmental policy and regulatory goals have gradually shifted from
controlling pollutant emissions to also improving public health
standards. China’s health care sector must play a leading role in this
process and take action to promote change. For example, purchasing
low-carbon and environmentally friendly products, and increasing
spending on renewable energy,” stated Mr. Zhao.
from the United Nations Development Programme, China Academy of
Building Research, Green Hospital Committee of China Association of
Building Energy Efficiency, and Rocky Mountain Institute analyzed and
discussed their projects ranging from sustainable procurement practices
of international agencies and the low-carbon and energy efficiency of
hospital buildings in China, to the integration of climate-smart
healthcare in China’s urban low carbon development initiative known as
the Alliance of Pioneer Peaking Cities.
With healthcare institutions worldwide facing the health challenges posed by climate change, Climate-Smart Healthcare
has set a new framework for health development. The two pillars of
“climate-smart” health care, low-carbon and resilience, work hand in
hand to combat the environmental impact of the health care sector
through lowering energy consumption, and addressing the industry’s
carbon footprint and procurement, while simultaneously strengthening the
industry’s resilience to the various health impacts of climate change.
Link to English language version of Climate-Smart Healthcare Report:
Low-Carbon and Resilience Strategies for the health sector》》》 http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/322251495434571418/Climate-smart-healthcare-low-carbon-and-resilience-strategies-for-the-health-sector
to the Chinese language version of Climate-Smart Healthcare Report:
Low-Carbon and Resilience Strategies for the health sector》》》 http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/871991517932929570/Climate-smart-healthcare-low-carbon-and-resilience-strategies-for-the-health-sector