The Angry Clean Energy Guy on the need to tackle the fantastic quantities of waste and pollution from the healthcare sector – 5 to 7% of global emissions and 5th largest polluter if we thought of it as a country – and how the doctors, demigods everywhere, are in the process of being nudged to evolve to get to zero-waste and zero-emissions medicine.
Assaad W. Razzouk
With special thanks for Prof Chong Yap Seng, Dean of the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore’s first institute of higher learning and one of the leading medical schools in Asia; and Prof Nick Watts, Director of the Centre of Sustainable Medicine at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
The British Medical Journal has compiled all of its articles on the topic here: https://www.bmj.com/campaign/climate-emergency
“Delivering a Net Zero National Health Service” (UK) paper: https://www.england.nhs.uk/greenernhs/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2022/07/B1728-delivering-a-net-zero-nhs-july-2022.pdf
“Evaluating a hospital’s carbon footprint – A method using energy, materials and financial data”: https://www.sciedupress.com/journal/index.php/jha/article/view/22626
“A pathway to net zero emissions for healthcare”: https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m3785
There is so much to be angry about, if you are a clean energy guy.
Every day, so many things that happen around the world make me angry when I look at them with lenses colored by the climate change chaos unfolding everywhere around us. And I am especially angry because I know we can solve the climate change crisis if we were only trying.
Each week, I will share with you a few topics that struck me and that I was very angry about – and this will generally have to do with climate change, solar or wind power, plastic pollution, environmental degradation, wildlife, the oceans and other related topics.