Doctors for the Environment Australia Podcast
Net Zero Emissions for Australia’s healthcare sector with Dr. Eugenie Kayak
Towards net zero emissions in healthcare
The changing climate is exposing our patients and communities to more frequent and intense extreme weather.
Health professionals are increasingly treating climate-related illnesses, and healthcare services are vulnerable to a range of risks, including an increase in patient demand and threats to infrastructure, workforce and supply chains.
Yet the healthcare sector itself is a significant contributor to climate change through its own carbon footprint, which is estimated to be 7% of Australia's total carbon emissions.
DEA is calling on the healthcare sector to achieve:
– An interim emission reduction target of 80% by 2030.
– Net zero emissions by 2040.
A new report charts this course: “Net zero carbon emissions: responsibilities, pathways and opportunities for Australia's healthcare sector”