You're invited! GGHH Pacific launches the 'Global Road Map for Healthcare Decarbonisation'

Wednesday 31 March 2021

We invite you to join us for the Pacific region launch of the groundbreaking Global Road Map for Healthcare Decarbonisation: A navigational tool for achieving zero emissions with climate resilience and health equity, developed by Health Care Without Harm in collaboration with Arup.

The Road Map is the first-ever guide to chart a course for worldwide zero emissions health care, and will be launched internationally at the Skoll World Forum on April 14 at 1am AEST (Register for International Launch here).

The Pacific region launch webinar will occur soon after the international launch. 

At the Pacific region webinar, Sonia Roschnik, HCWH’s International Policy Director and co-author of the Road Map will introduce the Road Map and its recommendations for achieving zero emissions healthcare.  This will be followed by a series of presentations that demonstrate the leadership and ambition for decarbonisation already occurring within the health sector in Australia and New Zealand, and showcase examples of how the health sector in our region is working to reduce emissions, and improve health system effectiveness.  The webinar will conclude with a 10 minute Q&A session.

A recording of the webinar will be shared with people who register and be made available on GGHH Connect for GGHH members.


When: Friday 16th April 2pm - 3pm AEST

Cost: Free

Who should attend: Healthcare environmental champions (including clinical, operational and support staff); Healthcare managers; Health sector leaders and government representatives; Healthcare suppliers, manufacturers and contractors; Sustainability consultants;  Health, climate and sustainability researchers and students; Sustainability innovators.

Register here: 

If you have online accessibility requirements, do not hesitate to contact us.


About the Road Map:

The Road Map demonstrates that the global health sector’s two gigaton annual climate footprint will triple if it continues with business as usual. Even if the world’s governments were to meet their Paris Agreement commitments up to 2017, the health sector’s footprint would continue to grow significantly, reaching more than three gigatons a year by 2050 (equal to annual emissions from over 770 coal-fired power plants).

Global and national health care leadership must respond to the climate crisis with prevention and preparedness while contributing to greater health equity. 

The Road Map serves as a navigational tool for the health sector to decarbonise through seven high impact actions, and thus align the health sector with the Paris Agreement's ambition to keep warming below 1.5 degrees. These seven actions would reduce the sector’s global emissions by 44 gigatons averaged over a 36-year period (analogous to leaving more than 2.7 billion barrels of oil in the ground every year).


Speakers and topics include:

  • Sonia Roschnik, International Policy Director, Health Care Without Harm
    • Topic: An introduction to HCWH’s Global Road Map for Healthcare Decarbonisation
  • Dr Debbie Wilson, Principal Sustainability Advisor,  Health Infrastructure Unit, New Zealand Ministry of Health
  • Cara Anderson, Environmental Sustainability Project Officer, UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ)
    • Topic:  Helping to shape a future that is green, healthy, just and resilient: A snapshot of UCQ’s emissions reduction targets and plans (including a target to reduce emissions by 70% by 2025), as outlined in UCQ’s Sustainability Strategy 2021-2025
  • Glenn Pringle, General Manager, Innovation and Community Care, IPC Health
    • Topic: An introduction to IPC Health’s social prescribing program. An innovative program that aims to improve the health and well-being of their community, and has the potential to reduce health system emissions by increasing quality and effectiveness of services

Facilitator: Carol Behne, CAHA Sustainable Healthcare Program Manager and GGHH Pacific region coordinator


About the speakers:

Sonia Roschnik has worked in health and social care internationally for 30 years as a clinician, in senior hospital management, and in sustainability. As International Climate Policy Director, she oversees the work to support health systems around the world, including national and sub-national governments as they move to reduce their climate footprint toward net zero and become resilient leaders in addressing the climate crisis. Prior to joining Health Care Without Harm, Sonia served as the Director of the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) of England’s National Health Service (NHS). During her tenure leading the SDU she launched the Greener NHS program, including a commitment to net zero climate emissions, positioning the NHS as the first national health system in the world to do so. Sonia was a board member of Health Care Without Harm Europe May/June 2018 to April 2020. She holds a Masters degree in Systems Thinking and is a member of the Faculty of Public Health in the UK. She is committed to the transformations needed for a sustainable and healthy planet for all.


Dr Debbie Wilson is a doubly qualified nurse (RMN/RGN), who emigrated from the UK to NZ in 2008. Debbie worked in ICU for many years before moving into a sustainability managers role in 2012 for a large district health board (DHB) in South Auckland. Debbie established the environmental sustainability programme at the DHB working closely with a group of senior clinicians and was in charge of measuring the first and subsequent organisational carbon footprints. Debbie graduated at Auckland University of Technology at the end of 2020 after undertaking a doctoral programme. Debbie’s research focus was: sustainable healthcare practice, carbon measurement and reduction, sustainable waste management, organisational change management. Debbie started working at the Ministry of Health in March 2020 and has been developing guidance around sustainable design for healthcare infrastructure.


Cara Anderson is an Environmental Sustainability Project Officer, leveraging her experience and relationships with facilities management to support the implementation of sustainability and climate resilience initiatives across Uniting Care Queensland’s hospitals, aged care and community services. Her professional achievements to date include the successful rollout of energy and water conservation measures and recycling initiatives across the Blue Care portfolio. Cara is currently working on developing a heatwave outreach model, to reduce the impacts of extreme heat events on vulnerable people in the community.


Glenn Pringle is currently General Manager of Innovation and Community Care at IPC Community Health in Wyndham, Victoria. He has worked in senior leadership roles in Health since 2005 and has led numerous organisational change and transformation initiatives in that time. Glenn is passionate about inspiring and empowering people to make a difference, particularly where there is disadvantage or inequity, and is a strong believer in social innovation and social enterprise as a means of creating sustainable, impactful change. Areas of particular interest and experience include: Agile Strategy; Participative transformative change including applications of emergent change, adaptive space and leadership complexity theory; and Service Design and Innovation frameworks including design thinking, co-design, lean and open innovation.



Contact: Carol Behne, [email protected]