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Now on demand: Sustainability and health post COP-26

30 Jun 2022

On day three of RCOG World Congress 2022 (Wednesday 15 June), we were delighted to start the day by considering where the health system goes next following COP26, and what obstetricians and gynaecologists can to do support sustainable practice which benefits women’s health as well as planetary health

We are now pleased to make these inspiring and thought-provoking talks free to access. RCOG President Dr Eddie Morris said at the event “As obstetricians and gynaecologists across the world, we must advocate for change and strive to educate policymakers, our colleagues and the people we care for, on the health risks and impacts of the climate crisis. We must also play a crucial role in building resilient health systems that respond to climate change and address health inequities, rather than exacerbating them.”


This fascinating event looks at the latest evidence on what climate change means for our health, both in the UK and across the world. Speakers consider current and future impacts on practice as well as what healthcare professionals can do to effect change at a local and national level.

Making health services more efficient and sustainable is an important piece of the puzzle – the NHS currently contributes around 4% of England’s carbon footprint. The session will also look at activities and learning from NHS England’s Greener NHS programme.


Dr Richard Smith, Chair of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change:  UKHACC coordinates action, provides leadership, and amplifies the voice of health professionals across the UK.

Dr Nick Watts, Chief Sustainability Officer for NHS England: Nick leads the Greener NHS programme, which leads on the NHS’s commitment to deliver a world-class net zero emission health service by 2045.

Kate Lancaster, Chief Executive of the RCOG: Kate joins the panel discussion to talk about how RCOG is becoming more sustainable in its operations.


Watch the session now

  • Policy and governance
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Fertility