Welcome to the Health Climate Hub! We've just launched, so please be patient while we test and improve this platform.
The path to climate-smart, net-zero emissions health care: A grand rounds series

Provided By

Health Climate Hub


February 16, 2023

Start Time

11:00 AM


End Time

12:00 PM







GCCHE and Healthcare Without Harm


The health care sector has a large climate footprint, responsible for 4.4% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The vast majority of these emissions are indirect, Scope 3 emissions largely derived from the supply chain – especially from pharmaceuticals. In fact, medications account for 25% of emissions from the NHS, with inhalers accounting for approximately 3% of their climate footprint.

To achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, it is critical that the health care sector reduce its pharmaceutical emissions. Pharmacists, physicians, and other clinical health professionals are integral to achieving this goal.

The Global Roadmap for Health Care Decarbonization identifies strategies to reduce the climate impact of pharmaceuticals, including reducing unnecessary pharmaceutical use, substituting high emission medications with more climate-friendly alternatives, and incentivizing “green, climate-smart medicine.”

In this session, two pharmacists and a physician will discuss the climate impact of pharmaceuticals, including metered dose inhalers, along with opportunities for health professionals to promote climate-smart pharmacy practice through education, advocacy, and clinical practice.

Participants will learn about:

1 - Why pharmaceuticals make a significant contribution to health care’s climate footprint

2 - How pharmacists and clinical health professionals are leading action to reduce the impact of inhalers and other pharmaceuticals and promote climate-smart health care

3 - Opportunities to reduce pharmaceutical emissions by reducing unnecessary pharmaceutical use, reducing pharmaceutical waste, and evaluating prescribing practices


Date Modified

January 19, 2023

Primary Topic

Healthcare System Adaptation and Decarbonization

Secondary Topic

Climate and Health Education



Is a video recording of the event available in the Resource Library?


Spread the Word about the Health, Environment and Climate Hub!

Help us spread the word and invite your friends to join the community! Simply enter their email address below and we’ll send them an invitation to join the Hub. You can enter multiple email addresses by separating them with a comma.

Thank you for helping us grow and strengthen our community!

Separate multiple email addresses with a comma
Reset Password

Please enter the email address associated with your Climate Health Hub Account. You should receive a password reset email momentarily. Please check your inbox.

Report an Issue

Complete the form below, and we will be in touch shortly.