Healthcare Industry Accounts for 8% of U.S. Carbon Dioxide Output
The University of Chicago researchers have discovered that the American Healthcare Industry accounts for nearly a tenth of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions. What improvements can be made to the healthcare sector in order to reduce the overall impact on the environment ? This article from Healthcare Design .
The analysis found that hospitals were by far the largest contributor of carbon emissions in the healthcare sector, which the authors attributed to the high energy demands needed for temperature control, ventilation, and lighting in large hospital buildings. Surprisingly, the second largest healthcare contributor to the overall carbon footprint was the pharmaceutical industry, a finding Meltzer attributed to the high costs of manufacturing and researching drugs combined with transportation costs associated with distribution.
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