Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
CET Lunch Seminar

Decarbonising healthcare

CET is happy to announce this CET Lunch Seminar with PhD research fellow Anand Bhopal from the Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS) at UiB.

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Climate change and health: the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.

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About the talk:

In 2009 the Lancet medical journal’s Commission on Climate Change and Health described climate change as the "biggest global health threat of the 21st century". At the same time, healthcare is estimated to account for around 5% of global emissions and in the midst of societal efforts to rapidly decarbonize our energy systems and how we live, the health sector has been largely adrift from the wider debate. This has to change.

In October 2020, the National Health Service in England became the first healthcare system in the world to commit to becoming carbon neutral. In Norway, our healthcare-related carbon emissions are similar to those in England - it is time that we got our house in order too! This is where CET comes in. We are at the early stages of building a coalition of clinicians and researchers and we want your expertise to map healthcare emissions and develop a net zero plan. Post-pandemic planning provides an opportunity to chart a path towards decarbonising Norwegian healthcare and inspiring healthcare systems around the world to do the same.

About the speaker:

Anand Bhopal is a PhD Research Fellow at the Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS), within the Department for Global Health and Primary Care, working on health policy responses to climate change in Ethiopia. He is a medical doctor with a Masters degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health from University College London, and previously worked in the Office of the Medical Director within Public Health England. https://www.uib.no/en/persons/Anand.Singh.Bhopal