The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with the White House, announced a call to action for providers and other health care stakeholders to reduce emissions across the health care sector to address climate change.
Hospitals, health systems, suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, and other industry stakeholders are invited to submit pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase their climate resilience.
The voluntary pledge asks institutions to commit to:
- Reduce their organization’s emissions by 50% by 2030 and to net-zero by 2050 and publicly report their progress
- Complete an inventory of Scope 3 emissions, which are associated not with a specific institution but with activities within the supply chain
- Develop climate resilience plans for their facilities and communities. It also asks them to designate an executive lead for this work.
Pledges are due June 3. Interested signers can download the pledge form and find more information on the submission process on the Health Care Sector Pledge page.
The White House plans to host an event in June to highlight progress in promoting climate actions. HHS plans to release more technical assistance and toolkits to support health care organizations in making these changes.