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The health sector and clean air: our critical role in tackling air pollution

15 Jun 2021
FZ - Sustainability

17 June 2021 marks Clean Air Day in the UK. Air pollution is well recognised as an urgent public health emergency. It is estimated that long-term exposure to man-made air pollution in the UK has an annual impact on shortening lifespans, equivalent to 28,000 to 36,000 deaths a year.

In this session, we will explore the direct role the health sector can play in reducing air pollution, and the unique part health professionals can play in communicating the impact of air pollution on patient health. We will hear about hospitals that are leading the way in cleaning up their air using tools such as the Clean Air Hospital Framework, and health professionals will share their experiences on the transformation needed to their training and the materials needed to ensure they are well equipped to play their part.

This session forms part of the Sustainability feature zone, which is supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd.

Larrisa Lockwood, Director of Clean Air - Global Action Plan
Dr Anant Patel, Consultant Respiratory Physician - Royal Free Hospital, London
Nick Martin, Head of Sustainability & Environmental Management - Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust