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Options and the climate health nexus

We lead work on sustainable use of renewable energy in health, reducing the health system's carbon footprint for a greener future.

31 August 2021

“Many nations are poorly prepared to face threats to health from climate change, and with our interconnected global economy, this will have an impact on the whole world, we need to take urgent action before the effects become absolutely devastating.”

Sir Andy Haines, Chairman, Lancet Commission on Planetary Health

Climate change, increased carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, global warming, air and ocean pollution pose catastrophic impacts to the health and wellbeing of people and are damaging the planet. These changes exacerbate gender inequality, resulting in more pronounced negative health impacts for women and children. Conservative estimates suggest that an additional 250,000 people per year will die between 2030 and 2050 because of the climate crisis.

Global health systems also contribute to climate change, with estimates suggesting that they contribute 5% of the world’s greenhouse emissions – the same as a midsized country. Relying on carbon fuelled supply chains to deliver health care, combined with pollution from waste disposals, undermines the very purpose of the health care system to improve people’s wellbeing.

Without climate change mitigation strategies, already burdened health systems will face increased challenges making the goal of universal health care unobtainable. Options works with governments, communities and partners to build systems that support people, especially women and children, and the planet to thrive.

We do this through:

  • Innovative health infrastructure for efficient and sustainable health care
  • Infrastructure assessments, policies and standards to promote resilience
  • Clean energy solutions for sustainable health services
  • Enhancing health system preparedness and responsiveness
  • Enabling communities in urban centres to thrive
  • Improving access to water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition

Options is continuously looking forward, innovating, and co-creating new solutions with our partners and clients to address the climate change and health nexus. Click the download below to find out how we can work with you to transform the problems of today into the solutions of tomorrow.

Focus areas
Climate and Health

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