This episode features:
- Dr Renzo Guinto, Chief Planetary Health Specialist at the Sunway Centre for Planetary Health, Malaysia & Director of the Planetary and Global Health Program at St. Luke’s Medical Centre in the Philippines.
- Dr Renard Siew, Climate Reality Leader for the Climate Reality Project, and Climate Change Adviser at the Centre for Governance and Political Studies.
- Robert Metzke, Global Head of Sustainability at Royal Philips
Healthcare leaders play a vital part in driving change from the top down. Implementing innovative measures, such as circular supply chains, can create meaningful benefits and reduce emissions.
Beyond deploying new, more sustainable health technology solutions, a step towards more sustainable practices requires a transition from the existing linear operational model of ‘take, make, dispose’ to adopting the circular model of ‘build, re-use, return.’
Circular economic models provide a framework for tackling climate change and are supported by the transition to use of renewable energies and materials. By looking to circular models, supporting supply chain partners and collaborating with other stakeholders, leaders can positively contribute to both sides of the healthcare and climate change equation.
New models of care delivery enabled by virtual care offer multiple benefits from extending care beyond hospital walls, supporting healthcare worker’s capacity, as well as reducing emissions resulting from travel and transportation.