Leadership for a climate resilient, net-zero health system: Transforming supply chains to the circular economy
By Neil Ritchie BSc. MHSA
The global pandemic has taught us that we can focus the attention of the healthcare system on a clear intention when there is a looming threat. Climate action is required from multiple stakeholders particularly private sector suppliers in order to achieve the net-zero carbon emission by 2050 goal established by the Canadian government. Also building climate resilience among healthcare institutions and their supply chains is urgently needed, as they are already affected by a changing climate. By adopting a circular economy framework, the industry can move away from the current damaging take, make waste economic model and adopt a more sustainable model characterized by designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems. Health leaders can adopt sharing platforms, product as a service, reduce single use products, encourage extended producer responsibility, and value-based procurement in order to further these aims.
Ritchie, N. H. (2021). Leadership for a climate resilient, net-zero health system: Transforming supply chains to the circular economy. Healthcare Management Forum. https://doi.org/10.1177/08404704211003610