Let’s tackle this together
Human health and environmental health go hand in hand. At Philips, we are determined to accelerate climate action and work together with our customers, peers and partners to create more resilient and sustainable healthcare.
In the run-up to COP26, the Race To Zero initiative was launched earlier this year. This UNFCCC-backed global campaign is rallying non-state actors – including companies, cities, regions, financial, educational, and healthcare institutions – to take rigorous and immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, more resilient, and fairer zero-carbon world in time.
So far, some 30% of major pharmaceutical and medical technology companies (by revenue) have joined the Race to Zero, including GSK, AstraZeneca, and Philips. This figure is important, as 20% coverage in any given sector is considered to be a critical tipping point to drive large-scale change going forward. So the momentum is definitely building.
I encourage as many companies as possible – and the healthcare industry in particular – to commit to climate action and science-based targets, to deliver on those commitments, and to provide proof of progress and delivery through continuous, transparent and in-depth reporting.
I am also keen to learn how your organization is applying novel thinking to help bring about a future of carbon neutrality and, specifically in our case, sustainable healthcare. None of us can do this on our own – we are all in it together. When it comes to making a decisive difference, there really is no time like the present.