Explore the sustainability track at WHC 2023

10 August 2023

This year, the World Hospital Congress is focused on sustainability in healthcare, and we are proud to host WHC 2023 at the Lisbon Convention Centre (CCL), which shares our commitment to working towards a more sustainable and brighter future.

Planning and implementing strategies to achieve net zero has become a core competency for modern hospital leaders. Make sure to build your knowledge and skills in leadership for health and the climate during your time at the WHC. Sessions on sustainability take place across our programme, with something for every stage of your journey. And check out the pre and post-congress masterclasses you don’t want to miss out on.


Plenary session 3: Net zero in healthcare: Call to action from around the world

This session, chaired by Dr Jonathan Perlin, President and CEO of The Joint Commission Enterprise, will showcase a series of initiatives and champions from across the globe as they present their organizational journeys towards net-zero healthcare. Hospital executives from Taiwan, Kenya, UAE, Portugal and India will share their experiences, from getting started, to pioneering sustainable healthcare. Discover the tools to help you tackle environmental impact, achieve low-carbon healthcare, and embed sustainability into leadership and governance.

IHF Partners’ workshop: In 2030, hospitals will be sustainable. How do we get there?

Deep-dive into the essential elements that will support the healthcare sector’s transformation – enabling hospitals to be fit for the future, and to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.  A successful transition requires a collective process, where all stakeholders will co-create the path to follow and will learn from each other. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to actively engage in roundtable discussions led by key IHF Partners.

Planning and designing sustainable and resilient healthcare systems

Health leaders must become climate leaders to address the contemporary challenges placed on healthcare delivery and healthcare institutions. By transitioning to low-carbon, resilient, sustainable healthcare we can ensure the best quality of care for patients, build capacity in our communities, and reduce our impact on the environment. Join climate leaders from Spain, India, UK and Colombia as they take you through their sustainability journeys and the opportunities for hospitals to create healthy environments for improved health outcomes for everyone, everywhere.

Lighter carbon footprint: Interventions with impact

Across the IHF community, health leaders are stepping up for carbon reduction. Hear from IHF members from the USA, Spain, Taiwan, UAE, and UK on specific initiatives generating impactful change and paving the way toward low-carbon, resilient, and sustainable care. From introducing reusables, characteristics of green hospitals, sustainable laboratories, and innovative financing models supporting decarbonization, learn how hospitals can lead the way in decarbonizing healthcare.

Navigating Net-Zero: Essential leadership for today and tomorrow


Presented by expert faculty from the Geneva Sustainability Centre, the Navigating Net-Zero masterclass presents the key information and tools for healthcare leaders to assess, plan, and address sustainability in an engaging workshop environment. Participants also benefit from access to the Carbon Emissions Learning Lab (CELL) – a simulation tool, powered by real-world data, to develop the skills to make informed decisions and assess their impact on reducing the environmental footprint of your organization.

Navigating Net-Zero will be delivered in Portuguese on 23 October and in English on 24 October as part of the pre-congress programme.

Advance booking is essential – book early to guarantee your place.