NEJM November 4, 2021
Peter Boyd, Joseph Bialowitz, MS, MSc, Terri Scannell, MBA & Jodi D. Sherman, MD

For the industry to fulfill its role in the just transition to a sustainable future, health care leaders are more likely to find the resolve for the “how to get to net-zero” by first embracing a compelling “why net-zero.”


Health care’s climate footprint accounts for nearly 5% of global net emissions and harms public health. Reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement requires ambitious action from the health care sector to do its fair share to reduce its emissions. An emerging body of work examines how health care organizations might reach a goal of net-zero emissions, defined as a state in which the activities within the value chain...

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