On October 31, took place at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon, the first General Assembly of the Portuguese Council for Health and Environment (CPSA).
Portuguese private hospitals are fully committed with environmental issues and that is the reason why APHP is one of the founders of CPSA and its President, Oscar Gaspar, is member of the CPSA board
It is well known that the healthcare sector is responsible for about 4.4% of greenhouse gas emissions, so it is now unanimously understood that the impact of climate change and environmental degradation in health can endanger both people’ s well-being and their healthy functioning. This is the raison d’être of the CPSA, which brings together 38 health organisations, committed to mitigating the impact of climate change on human health, but also to reduce the ecological footprint in the healthcare sector.
The public presentation of the CPSA took place with the participation of Professors Luís Campos and João Queiroz e Melo, who were the driving forces behind the creation of the CPSA, and with the participation of Ricardo Mestre, Portuguese Secretary of State for Health, António Feijó, President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and Environment of the World Health Organization and Dr. Nick Watts, NHS Chief Sustainability Officer.