Afternoon plenary | Transforming markets through healthcare procurement

The European healthcare sector, with 12,990 hospitals totalling 2.8 million hospital beds, is a major public purchaser of goods and services. In the process of treating patients, the healthcare sector consumes an enormous amount of energy and water, as well as disposable products, building materials, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.

Sustainable Procurement is the practice by which authorities, including hospitals and health systems, address green and social/ethical considerations in purchasing practices. By implementing sustainable procurement strategies, such as applying green and social criteria to tendering processes, hospitals can reduce their environmental footprint and become socially responsible, as well as managing their way towards long-term change.

The sector has a moral obligation to evaluate the implications of procurement, drive towards reducing the overall consumption, and make effective use of products, including sound waste management and working toward reduction of the lifecycle impacts of products.

This session will discuss sustainable procurement in healthcare as an instrument to transform the market, create innovation, and to reduce the environmental footprint of the sector. You will hear from different experts how they are addressing procurement in their country, region, or globally and the obstacles they had to overcome in order to implement change. 

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Speakers:

 

  U.N. informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS)

  EcoBuy Vienna

  One step closer to a safe blood bag 

  One step closer to a safe blood bag

  Transforming Markets Through Healthcare Procurement

 
Moderator:

Susan Wilburn, Sustainability Director, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

 

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