Healthcare Without Harm

By Charlotte Owen-Burge | June 30, 2021

Health Care Without Harm works to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

We are forging a path for the health sector to reach zero emissions by 2050 with climate solutions that can protect public health while accelerating the transition to a low emissions, resilient economy. To achieve these goals, we’ve built a strategy to scale climate-smart health care with three interwoven objectives:

Mitigation: Decarbonize health care’s energy consumption, operations, and supply chain and reduce its climate footprint in alignment with the ambition of the Paris Agreement.

Resilience: Build health systems and facilities to withstand and thrive despite the impacts of climate change by deploying climate solutions that can achieve more equitable access to care, resulting in healthy, resilient communities.

Leadership: Accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy by being climate policy advocates, leveraging our purchasing power to hasten societal decarbonization, and mobilizing health care institutions, both public and private, as trusted climate communicators.

The Health Care Without Harm Global Network is composed of regional offices in EuropeSouth East AsiaUnited States & Canada;   a Latin America regional team and a global secretariat. Strategic partner organizations represent us in Australia (Climate and Health Alliance), Brazil (Projecto Hospitais Saudáveis), China (Rock Environment and Energy Institute) India (Public Health Foundation of IndiaCentre For Chronic Disease ControlLung Care FoundationHealthy Energy Initiative India), Nepal (The Health Environment and Climate Action Foundation) and South Africa (groundWork).

Health Care Without Harm and its partners lead Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, a worldwide network of hospitals and health systems with more than 1,450 members in 72 countries, representing the interests of over 43,000 hospitals and health centers. In the U.S. and Canada We work in partnership with international organizations, including the World Health OrganizationUnited Nations Development Program (UNDP), Global Climate and Health Alliance, and World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). We provide advice to the Medical Society Consortium for Climate and Health and collaborates with health care professional organizations worldwide pushing for a healthy COVID-19 recovery by urging government leaders to build back better, stronger and fairer.