Greener Cardiology Summit

Monday, March 1, 2010 - 10:30 - 16:30

The British Heart Foundation and the Campaign for Greener Healthcare are hosting a joint meeting to explore the opportunities and challenges of carbon reduction to further public health and improve cardiac care.

There is increasing focus on the synergies between climate change, public health and healthcare, with the UCL Lancet commission recently identifying climate change as ‘the biggest global health threat in the 21st century’. We therefore believe that this is an opportune moment to bring together key individuals to discuss what opportunities this may present for cardiac care.

Many of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity are a function of our collective use of fossil fuels for public transport and in the production of energy dense foods. There may therefore be opportunities for the cardiology community to harness ‘health co-benefits’ of carbon reduction for population health and primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. There is also increasing pressure on healthcare providers to demonstrably reduce their carbon footprint and from April 2010, NHS Trusts will be required to pay up front fro each year’s carbon emissions under the Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment.

The objectives of the meeting are to understand how the context of climate change and carbon reduction relates to public health and healthcare with particular reference to heart health, and to explore the role of the BHF and others in supporting innovation and adoption of low carbon models of care. The meeting will include perspectives from leading thinkers in the field, case studies from cardiology and time for discussion.

Please note this meeting is Invitation only.  

For any enquiries please contact frances.mortimer@kintoa.org

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