FACT SHEET:  Health Sector Leaders Join Biden Administration’s Pledge to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 50% by 2030 | The White House (2022)

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Health Sector Steps Up to Protect Public Health and Lower Costs

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that 61 of the largest U.S. hospital and health sector companies responded to the Administration’s Health Sector Climate Pledge, committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030. The new commitments represent over 650 hospitals and thousands of other providers across the country, and include plans to strengthen resilience to climate change, protect public health, and lower costs. The health care sector accounts for 8.5% of U.S. emissions, so these bold commitments advance President Biden’s goal to reduce nationwide greenhouse gas emissions 50-52% in 2030 and reach net-zero emissions in 2050.
Today, historic commitments are being made across the health care industry, including:

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  • Two of the five largest US private hospital and health systems (Ascension and CommonSpirit Health) and the largest US public health system have pledged to halve their carbon emissions by 2030.
  • Leading health sector suppliers like Pfizer and AstraZeneca have stepped up to achieve net-zero emissions ahead of the 2050 pledge timeline.
  • Major medical associations, including America’s Essential Hospitals, the American Association of Medical Colleges, and the National Academy of Medicine, have committed to taking climate action.

The full list of the 61 organizations is outlined below.

President Biden sees action on climate change as a public health priority. Studies show that the increasingly dangerous consequences of climate change are affecting public health, through more frequent and intense severe weather, extreme heat, and threats to food and water security. The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to using every available tool to protect public health, while moving full-speed ahead with our mission to tackle the climate crisis, to create jobs, grow the clean energy economy, and lower costs for families.

The Biden-Harris Administration launched the Health Sector Climate Pledge on Earth Day 2022 through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since then, over 650 private and public hospitals and health centers, along with pharmaceutical companies, medical device-makers, suppliers, and group purchasing organizations have signed the pledge, joining more than 200 federal hospitals and health facilities from HHS, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Military Health System. These organizations are also developing climate resilience plans for facilities and communities, including plans to support individuals and communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Today, the White House and HHS are re-opening the Health Care Sector Pledge until October 28th, 2022 to build on these historic commitments ahead of the United Nations Climate Conference in November.

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Private Sector Pledge Signers

61 organizations have signed the pledge, representing a large share of the US health sector, including:

  • Health Systems, Hospitals and Other Providers
    • Providence Health, HealthPartners, Kedren Health, CommonSpirit Health, University Medical Center of El Paso, NYC Health + Hospitals, Boston Medical Center, Baystate Health, Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford Health Care, Atrium Health, Cherokee Health Systems, University of California Health, Northwell Health, Rush University System for Health, Northern Arizona Healthcare, Hackensack Meridian Health, UW Medicine, RWJBarnabas Health, Sun River Health, NYU Langone Health, Ascension, Henry Ford Health, Mass General Brigham, Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medicine, Southcoast Health, Children’s National Hospital, Mount Sinai Health System, Kaiser Permanente, Keck Medicine of USC, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Montefiore, Seattle Children’s, Valley Children’s Healthcare, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine, Advocate Aurora Health, Gillette Children’s, University of Utah Health, Steward Health Care System, DaVita
  • Other Industry Organizations
    • Philips, AstraZeneca, Owens & Minor, NewGen Surgical, Chiesi Group, Pfizer, AmerisourceBergen, Excellus Health, Blue Shield of California, Vizient, Aspirus, Anthem, WCM Waste and Compliance Management
  • Associations, Nonprofits and Technical Assistance Organizations
    • National Academy of Medicine, Association of American Medical Colleges, the Joint Commission, Health Care Without Harm, American College of Physicians (NJ), Kimball Sustainable Healthcare, Mazzetti

Leading by Example to Advance Health & Climate Goals

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Last year, the Administration established the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity at HHS to identify and address health disparities exacerbated by climate impacts. Since then, the Administration has invested over $8 billion in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help low-income Americans manage energy costs in the face of extreme weather.

The VA has made substantial progress implementing its 2021 Climate Action Plan, including incorporating climate resilience requirements into construction standards, assessing the adequacy of critical supply stockpiles to align with projected climate change impacts, and developing agency wide strategies to address mission risk amplified by climate change. Within its medical centers, VA has also successfully initiated efforts to transition to zero-emission vehicles, is accelerating efforts to increase energy and water efficiency, and is expanding upon existing and new sources of carbon-pollution free electricity.

Today, the Administration is announcing a series of new resources to support the health sector in transitioning to clean energy, reducing emissions, and building climate resilience:

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  • Federal Health Sector Emissions Reduction Resources. HHS, with contributions from the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), is launching the “Accelerating Healthcare Sector Action on Climate Change and Health Equity” webinar series to provide education and training on sustainable infrastructure financing, climate emergency preparedness, and emissions tracking from the health sector supply chain.
  • Federal Health Network on Decarbonization Best Practices. The VA, Military Health System, and Indian Health Service are launching a coalition to exchange best practices on emissions reduction and climate resilience with a plan to share their learning with private-sector organizations.
  • National Research Forum on Climate Impacts and Heart Health. HHS is launching The Million Hearts Climate Change & Cardiovascular Disease Collaborative (CCC), a national forum for health care organizations to learn about climate change and the effects of air pollution on cardiovascular health, and to review evidence-based interventions to address those threats.
  • Health Sector Emissions Assessment Toolkit. HHS’s Agency for Health Care Research Quality (AHRQ) will release a suite of resources to facilitate consistent measurement and reporting of health facility emissions data and to provide guidance on transitioning to greener models of care delivery.
  • Federal Funding for Climate Smart Health Facilities. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the Green Mortgage Insurance Premium which will provide incentives for ongoing care facilities to implement energy and water efficiency upgrades. This program will lower costs for renovation and rehabilitation of facilities and increasing the safety of the populations they serve.

Private Health Care Systems Leading the Way

Private health care systems are taking up the mantle on climate action – going beyond the HHS Health Care Sector Climate Pledge to achieve even greater progress on climate resilience:

  • Tackling Super-Polluting Medical Gases: Providence Health, Advocate Aurora Health, and Children’s National Hospital have committed to reduce emissions from medical anesthetic gases used in surgical procedures by over 75% — keeping these dangerous greenhouse gasses from being vented into the environment. AstraZeneca and Chiesi Group are tackling emissions from fluorinated gases used in common devices like inhalers, with the goal of reducing their carbon footprint by at least 90%.
  • Investing in Clean Energy: Blue Shield of California, NYC Health + Hospitals, AmerisourceBergen, Kaiser Permanente, Children’s National Hospital and others have constructed on-site solar arrays and other clean energy generation sources to reduce emissions and provide direct benefits for surrounding communities. Kaiser Permanente has added over 44 MW of on-site solar generation – enough to power 9,600 homes, while the energy from Children’s National Hospital will benefit communities through a solar program that will lower utility costs for 325 families by up to $500 a year.
  • Achieving Carbon Neutrality: Seattle Children’s Hospital, Philips, Kaiser Permanente, and Blue Shield California have all surpassed their pledge commitment and already achieved carbon neutrality.
  • Building Climate Resilience in Vulnerable Communities: Valley Children’s Healthcare, University of Utah, and CommonSpirit Health have developed and implemented detailed climate resilience plans that put the focus on communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, because the cascading impacts on health such as poor air quality from wildfires, extreme heat, and increased instances of vector-borne diseases are hitting those communities first.
  • Increasing Transparency on Climate Costs-Impacts: Vizient, AstraZeneca, and DaVita are leading the charge to ensure that company costs and accounting include risks to organizations from climate impacts through the Task Force of Climate Related Financial Disclosure. These actions will ensure that companies make climate-smart investments with information about how climate can disrupt health care supply chains, damage facilities or impact energy supply.

FAQs

What has the Biden administration done for climate change? ›

Since President Biden set a bold goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, the Administration has approved the first large-scale projects and new wind energy areas, held record-breaking wind auctions, and issued an action plan to accelerate permitting.

What is the Biden administration doing for the environment? ›

Biden has ordered the amount of energy produced from offshore wind turbines to be doubled by 2030. On August 16, 2022, Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes the largest federal climate change investment in American history ($391 billion).

How much do carbon emissions need to be reduced by 2030? ›

In 2021, the US raised its Paris climate pledge, committing to cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030. Yet questions remain about the actions needed to meet this target.

Can we cut emissions by 2030? ›

The case for clean energy is stronger than ever before and our study shows that the 2030 emission target can be achieved," said Nikit Abhyankar, one of the study's authors and a scientist in the Electricity Markets & Policy Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

What does Biden want to do with healthcare? ›

This proposed rule follows President Biden's executive orders in April 2022 and January 2021 directing federal agencies to take action to expand affordable, quality health coverage, including by strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

Which country is doing the most for climate change? ›

Denmark

Which company will become carbon negative by 2030? ›

Microsoft: Carbon negative by 2030

Microsoft has committed to being carbon negative by 2030. The company also claims that by 2025, it will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.

What will happen if we don't reduce our carbon emissions? ›

The wildlife we love and their habitat will be destroyed, leading to mass species extinction. Superstorms, drought, and heat waves would become increasingly common and more extreme, leading to major health crises and illness. Agricultural production would plummet, likely leading to global food shortages and famine.

Which country will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050? ›

Chile's Minister of Environment Carolina Schmidt said 73 parties to the UNFCCC, 14 regions, 398 cities, 768 businesses and 16 investors are working to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

What would happen if we stopped all emissions? ›

Global temperatures could continue to rise for a few years, or a few decades, after all emissions stop, and then they may fall back down again as the climate system stabilizes. That means past a certain point, the world may not be able to avoid temporarily overshooting the Paris Agreement's temperature targets.

What four steps must our world take to reach zero emissions by 2050? ›

It is time to put a price on carbon; end fossil fuel subsidies and finance; stop building new coal power plants; shift the tax burden from income to carbon, from taxpayers to polluters; make climate-related financial risk disclosures mandatory; and integrate the goal of carbon neutrality into all economic and fiscal ...

What is the quick way to cut down emissions? ›

Drive Less
  1. Go easy on the gas and brakes — driving efficiently can help to reduce emissions. ...
  2. Regularly service your car to keep it more efficient.
  3. Check your tires. ...
  4. Air conditioning and intensive city driving can make emissions creep up. ...
  5. Use cruise control on long drives — in most cases, this can help to save gas.

How has Biden improved healthcare? ›

But what is Biden's plan for healthcare? Biden has said that his plan will insure more than 97% of Americans by introducing a Medicare-like public option for individuals and families. He also says his plan will strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by increasing marketplace subsidies.

Which country is safest from climate change? ›

According to the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), published by the independent monitoring agency, the top three countries leading in climate protection are all Scandinavian: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, while the United Kingdom is ranked fourth in climate protection.

How long do humans have left? ›

Humanity has a 95% probability of being extinct in 7,800,000 years, according to J. Richard Gott's formulation of the controversial Doomsday argument, which argues that we have probably already lived through half the duration of human history.

How many years do we have left to save the Earth? ›

Scientists say eight years left to avoid worst effects.” : “IPCC climate report gives us 10 years to save the world.”

How much longer will the Earth last? ›

Four billion years from now, the increase in Earth's surface temperature will cause a runaway greenhouse effect, creating conditions more extreme than present-day Venus and heating Earth's surface enough to melt it. By that point, all life on Earth will be extinct.

Which country has no carbon? ›

Bhutan has made possible what no other country has been able to achieve. This carbon-negative country has shown us how we can address climate change with compassion, commitment and creativity and come out on top.

What country is closest to being carbon neutral? ›

Carbon Negative Countries 2022
  1. Bhutan.
  2. Suriname.
  3. Tuvalu.

Which country will build zero carbon emissions? ›

NEOM is a flagship $500 billion project in northwestern Saudi Arabia, which is slated to be built from scratch on a 26,500-square-kilometer (10,230-square-mile) area and link Jordan and Egypt via Saudi territory.

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What will the CO2 levels be in 2030? ›

Made public the day before the Paris Agreement comes into force, the report finds that 2030 emissions are expected to reach 54 to 56 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent – far above the level of 42 needed to have a chance of limiting global warming to 2oC this century.

How much do we need to lower CO2 emissions? ›

Currently, the Earth is already about 1.1°C warmer than it was in the late 1800s, and emissions continue to rise. To keep global warming to no more than 1.5°C – as called for in the Paris Agreement – emissions need to be reduced by 45% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.

What do we need to do to be carbon neutral by 2030? ›

  1. What do we mean by net zero? ...
  2. But what can you do to help? ...
  3. Switch to renewable energy. ...
  4. Think about the carbon footprint of the food you buy. ...
  5. Reuse, reduce, recycle. ...
  6. Change or reduce your travel. ...
  7. Change your habits in the home.

How much will the carbon tax be in 2030? ›

The carbon price is set to rise steeply from its current level of $50 per tonne of emissions to $170 by 2030 in order to push consumers to cleaner energy sources.

How many years do we have left to save the Earth? ›

Scientists say eight years left to avoid worst effects.” : “IPCC climate report gives us 10 years to save the world.”

How hot will the Earth be in 2030? ›

AUnderstanding Global Warming of 1.5°C*

warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C. Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate.

How much hotter will the Earth be in 2050? ›

Since 1880, average global temperatures have increased by about 1 degrees Celsius (1.7° degrees Fahrenheit). Global temperature is projected to warm by about 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7° degrees Fahrenheit) by 2050 and 2-4 degrees Celsius (3.6-7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100.

Which country is closest to carbon neutral? ›

Carbon Negative Countries 2022
  1. Bhutan. Bhutan became the first of two carbon negative countries by 2021. ...
  2. Suriname. Suriname became the second of two carbon negative countries. ...
  3. Tuvalu. In 2019, this country achieved zero metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. ...
  4. Niue. ...
  5. Nauru. ...
  6. Kiribati. ...
  7. Tonga. ...
  8. Saint Helena.

How can I be carbon neutral at home? ›

Top tips to reduce your carbon emissions
  1. Use heating controls. For most of us, the first step in cutting carbon emissions it to take control of our heating. ...
  2. Upgrade your heating system. ...
  3. Insulate your home. ...
  4. Draught-proofing. ...
  5. Low energy lighting. ...
  6. Energy efficient appliances. ...
  7. Low carbon travel. ...
  8. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
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What would happen if the world went carbon neutral? ›

Global temperatures could continue to rise for a few years, or a few decades, after all emissions stop, and then they may fall back down again as the climate system stabilizes. That means past a certain point, the world may not be able to avoid temporarily overshooting the Paris Agreement's temperature targets.

Which country has the best carbon tax? ›

As of April 1, 2022, Uruguay had the highest carbon tax rate worldwide at 137 U.S. dollars per metric ton of CO2 equivalent (USD / tCO2e). Uruguay's carbon tax was first established in January 2022.
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What will gasoline cost in 2030? ›

Gas price prediction May 2030: Gas's price for May 2030 according to our analysis should range between $84.17 to $96.84 and the average price of GAS should be around $90.51.

Can the world be carbon neutral by 2050? ›

The world can reach net zero emissions by 2050, but it will require some big changes, according to a new study. Our energy systems will need to be totally transformed, the International Energy Agency report Net Zero by 2050 says. Huge declines in the use of coal, oil and gas will be essential.

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