COP27: Joint Commission recognized for joining White House pledge to decarbonize healthcare sector
In November, The Joint Commission was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) for its ongoing action to decarbonize the healthcare sector and make healthcare facilities more resilient to the effects of climate change.
The Joint Commission formally pledged to achieve the White House’s climate goal to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net zero admissions by 2050.
Joint Commission President and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, MACP, FACMI, has targeted climate change among his top strategic priorities. The Joint Commission is currently conducting a Technical Advisory Panel with nationally recognized experts to evaluate the inclusion of climate-related standards. The Joint Commission also is reviewing its current standards and survey methods to ensure they do not inadvertently contribute to excess consumption of materials and energy.