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C2DS – 4th guide on sustainable development and best practices in healthcare

Since 2009, C2DS has published several guides on best practices which are regularly updated. The 2015 guide mentions around hundred health facilities, among which numerous hospitals have the ISO 14001 label or are included in the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Register.

This year’s edition is available in the run up to the international climate negotiations in Paris COP21 and focuses on initiatives of French health facilities to tackle climate change. Entitled in French “Ça chauffe, l’hôpital agit pour la planète”, the guide aims to inspire hospitals and other institutions around the world. One of the objectives of the guide is to show that health professionals can take action, for example in tackling climate change.

The research by C2DS shows that committed professionals in French health facilities are willing to initiate projects and raise the awareness of their staff before obligatory regulations come into effect. When measuring, planning, developing, controlling and adjusting, tackling climate change is an ultimate goal.

Between 2009 and 2014, the main issue was to build awareness on the need to protect the environment. 2015-2020 will be the time to implement projects and innovations related to this topic. C2DS believes that sustainable development must become the focus of health policy in France and more generally in Europe.

The guide is available here

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Originally posted on 13 July 2015

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