Climate change confronts the health care sector with a dual challenge. Carbon footprint is defined as the total greenhouse gases resulting from industrial, service, or personal emissions, and its measurement is to reduce the negative effects of those emissions. Hospitals account for 3% of US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with 54% derived from supply chain goods and services. Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which are responsible for the effects related to climate change, is one of the biggest challenges facing our society. Reducing the carbon footprint of healthcare requires direct action to reduce waste and energy use, but also requires radical reform of care pathways so that the only patients who come to or stay in hospital are people whose healthcare cannot safely be delivered closer to home. Our goal in this study is to assess the carbon footprint of Shefaa Al-Orman Hospital (SOH). This study is based on evaluating the emissions from the hospital's main energy sources (electricity, diesel, LPG, waste-water system, and fugitive emissions).
For a complete summary of this data source and to see reported environmental impact values for studied products and activities, explore the HealthcareLCA Database.
Shahata MM, Mohamed MA, Beshary M, Sayed AK, Mohamed MH. Sustainable Management for Carbon Footprint Reduction in Health Care as Shefaa Al-Orman Hospital, Luxor, Egypt. Assiut University Bulletin for Environmental Researches. 2023 Mar 1;26(1):1-3.