Environmental Sustainability in Health Technology Assessment


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The global climate is changing due to human activity and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These changes have serious social, economic, environmental, ecological, and human health consequences. Research reports Earth is likely to reach 1.5°c above pre-industrial levels by the end of 2023. This temperature threshold is widely accepted as a critical stage in global warming that will result in irreversible global change. The economic, environmental, and social costs of our collective environmental footprint are becoming clearer, as is the impact on human health: the healthcare industry is a major contributor to environmental damage. The carbon footprint of the sector is between 4-8% of global net emissions, with the United States, China, and the European Union being the three top emitters. Industry suppliers have a significant role in mitigating healthcare’s’ environmental impact through the provision of lower carbon alternatives and digitalisation of care pathways. There are significant co-benefits to healthcare sustainable development including reduced financial costs and the improved quality of healthcare delivery. The recently implemented NHS Net Zero Supplier Framework and HTA organisations such as the NICE having more focus on environmental data collection, is spurring environmental sustainability methodological development in HTA community. HTA jurisdictions direction of travel, perspective and how they approach sustainable development adds complexity to healthcare decision making. However, aside from quantifying the environmental impact of healthcare, the real challenge that presents itself to decision makers is what happens when there is a “trade-off” between multi-criteria. For example, a decision framework that combines health economic outcomes (such as quality-adjusted life years) with environmental outcomes (such as CO2e emissions and biodiversity loss). How do we support sustainable development in HTA, and at the same time ensure methodological integrity and ethical stance is further developed?

This webinar provides an overview of current methods to quantify the environmental impact of healthcare interventions, and discusses various approaches towards incorporating environmental sustainability into HTA decisions.

Click here to view a provisional agenda for this course.

Early bird price of £83.33 (ex VAT) is applicable until 4 weeks before the course. Full price of £125 (ex VAT) is applicable within 4 weeks of booking this course.

Course Trainers

The training day presenters will be:

Melissa Pegg, Senior Research Consultant
Professor Matthew Taylor, Director


This training course will take place online. Further details will be emailed to you before the training event.