Social and health services

Since it is one of the most notable consumers of energy and performers of public procurements on a municipal level, the social welfare and health care sector play an important role in the mitigation of climate change. Social affairs and health can be responsible for upto 30% of a municipality's expenses.

In the social welfare and health care sector, greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the use of electricity and heating, transports and moving by both the industry's customers and workers. Mitigation measures must not be weakened by the formation of consolidations of municipalities, healthcare municipal federations and the outsourcing of services. A municipality must require a responsible approach to environmental issues from its partners.

The sector should focus on saving energy, improving the energy efficiency of operations and decreasing consumption. With these, sometimes very small and simple, measures we all have the opportunity to have an effect on achieving climate change mitigation goals. In addition, the social and health services support the promotion of healthy ways of life which, in turn, supports the mitigation of climate change.

How to begin? Tips for the social and health care sectors for mitigation and adaptation measures:

Social services 

Saving energy and improving energy efficiency are important means of mitigation.

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Health care       

A large infrastructure has great energy saving potential.

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Environ­mental health care

There is a growing need for instructions to climate-­friendly operations.

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