How to Decarbonize the Health Sector


With the health sector contributing nearly 5% of net global emissions, the industry needs to decarbonize and do its share to neutralize climate impacts on human health. Decarbonizing the sector could entail shifting to renewable energy, embracing the circular economy model, adopting net-zero healthcare, greening the pharmaceutical supply chain, and producing low-carbon pharmaceuticals.

This session at the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) fourth Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) explored the role the health sector plays in the climate crisis and examined how the industry could achieve net zero.


  • Scene Setter: Josh Karliner, Director, Global Partnerships, Health Care Without Harm
  • Response Presentation: John Thwaites, Chair, Monash Sustainable Development Institute and Climateworks Centre
  • Eugenie Kayak, Enterprise Professor in Sustainable Healthcare, Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne
  • K. Srinath Reddy, Honorary Distinguished Professor, Public Health Foundation of India
  • Closing Remarks: Ayako Inagaki, Director, Human and Social Development Division, Southeast Asia Department, ADB
  • Moderator: Patrick Osewe, Chief of Health Sector, ADB

With the theme, "Imagining a Net-Zero ASEAN," SEADS 2023 explored measures governments, communities, and the private sector could take to progress toward carbon neutrality.