Source: Beehive, 9 February 2018
Associate Health Minister Julie-Anne Genter visited
Middlemore Hospital today to congratulate Counties Manukau District
Health Board (CMDHB) in their efforts to reduce their carbon
"Congratulations to Counties Manukau DHB for
reducing their carbon footprint and setting an example to the rest
of the health system on how it is done," Ms Genter said.
CMDHB has reduced its carbon emissions by 21% since 2012,
through a number of measures including the use of reusable cups,
commuter ride share programmes, reducing anaesthetic gases and
better recycling. This has saved $500,000 in direct costs for
"It is estimated New Zealand's healthcare sector
contributes between 3% and 8% of New Zealand's total greenhouse gas
emissions. Hospitals, for example, use about twice as much total
energy per square foot as traditional office space.
"Improving sustainability in the healthcare sector
benefits the climate and human health.
"The health benefits include reductions in heart disease,
obesity and diabetes through, for example, low-carbon transport
options that improve physical activity (such as walking, cycling
and public transport).
"Health sector benefits include reducing healthcare costs,
improving health care efficiency, improving equity and improving
the overall health of the population.
"Climate change and its consequences cause a wide range of
risks to the health of individuals and society. Extreme weather
events, heat waves and air pollutants can all cause harm to
people's health, and increase strain on the health
"Action on climate change means improving our health
system as well, and I am pleased that our new Government will be
delivering on this," Ms Genter said.