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2. Healthcare commitment to tackle climate change launched at Clinton Global Initiative
Health Care Without Harm, sponsored by the Skoll Foundation, unveiled a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to reduce health care’s carbon footprint in order to protect public health from climate change.
Health care currently represents 8% of U.S. and 5% of European greenhouse gas emissions. The CGI commitment sets an ambitious target to mobilize 10,000 hospitals and health centers on every continent in a collective effort to reduce the health sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26 million metric tons annually by 2020.
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3. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)
In conjunction with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Group will be hosting an international conference on April 14 and 15, 2016. It will be held at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.
The programme can be found here: Programme – Dec 2015
Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster, Sharpsmart and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you wish to sponsor)
Booking details for early bird registration can be found here: healthcare waste 2016 conference
4. EU circular economy package launched
On Dec 2, the European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Package that will mean member states will have to recycle 65% of its municipal waste by 2030.
The aim of the Package is to stimulate Europe’s transition towards a circular economy, which has the potential to boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs
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4. NI proposes independent Environmental Protection Agency
The Environment Minister of Northern Ireland, Mark H Durkan, has called for views on potential options for an independent environmental protection agency.
The Minister has circulated a new discussion document, “Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland” to key stakeholders from business and industry, agriculture, local government and non-governmental organisations.
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