Engagement and education for effective sustainability initiative



Wednesday 11 September


Session description:

This session explores innovative ways to strengthen the sustainability capacity of hospital executives and the workforce, to accelerate the transition to low-carbon healthcare delivery.

Featured presentations:

  • Cultural transformation of an organization for environmental awareness (Ms Andréia dos Santos Azevedo)
  • Short, sharp, succinct and specific – an alternative approach to sustainable healthcare education
  • Racing for a sustainable future: A multi-university competition using the Carbon Emission Learning Lab
  • Implementing global sustainability at team level: The “Sustainable units” project at Bordeaux University Hospital (Mr Matthieu Girier)
  • Reduction of emissions derived from the use of anesthetic gases in surgeries at the Clinica Biblica Hospital (Mr Andrés Alvarado Calvo)

Chair: Mr Richard Stubbs, CEO, Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber; Chair, Health Innovation Network, UK



Wednesday 11 September


Chair and Speakers

Mr Richard Stubbs

CEO, Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber; Chair, Health Innovation Network, UK

Richard Stubbs is Chief Executive of Health Innovation Yorkshire & Humber, and Chair of the national Health Innovation Network.

Through regional, national, and international roles, Richard works with the NHS, academic partners, and health innovators to drive the transformation of health and care delivery through spread and adoption of innovation, and to contribute to economic growth to improve population health and life outcomes.

Richard is the international lead for the Health Innovation Network and an Advisor to Healthcare UK, providing strategic input into the UK Department for Business and Trade’s healthcare export activity, he is a fellow of the Sciana Health Leaders’ Network, and a member of the IHF Scientific Committee which curates the annual World Hospital Congress.

Richard is a long-standing member of the NHS Assembly, board member of NHS England’s Accelerated Access Collaborative and also the Innovation Ecosystem Programme Advisory Group. He is passionate about driving policy level changes which will best enable the NHS to adopt innovation for the benefit of patient care, in addition to developing a clear blueprint for how the NHS can best support, and benefit from, a strong life sciences ecosystem.

Commitment to diversity and inclusion runs through everything Richard does, and he has twice been recognised by the Health Service Journal in their Top 50 BAME Powerlist as “one of the BAME figures exercising the most power and influence in English health policy.” As Co-Chair of the NHS Confederation’s BME Leadership Network, he plays a central role in increasing diversity within NHS leadership.

Mr Andrés Alvarado Calvo

Quality and Environment Manager, Hospital Clinica Biblica, Costa Rica

Andrés Alvarado is an Industrial Engineer from the University of Costa Rica and holds a Master’s degree in Occupational Health from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica.

With more than 20 years of experience in Facility Safety and Environmental Management, and recently in Quality and Sustainability, he has supported strategies to reduce the environmental footprint in the United Nations “Race to Zero” campaign. In addition, he has participated as an auditor in carbon footprint verifications. He holds a Master’s degree in Risk Management from the Catholic University of Murcia and is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development with a scholarship granted by the Organization of American States, which will be recognized by the same University.

Finally, he is certified as a Sustainability Professional by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He is the Quality and Environment Manager at Clínica Bíblica.

Ms Andréia dos Santos Azevedo

Environmental Coordinator, Associação Beneficente Síria -HCOR, Brazil

Ms Andréia dos Santos Azevedo is an Environmental Manager with extensive experience in Waste Management. She has worked in hospital, corporate, and industrial environments. Her expertise covers environmental and quality management: including environmental licensing processes, legal compliance, and project management, with a focus on key performance indicators.

Andréia is recognized for her ability to give lectures, integrations, and training on sustainable practices, both for teams and multipliers. She specializes in drafting documents relating to environmental management systems, regulations, and technical reports, among others. Her work also extends to the implementation and re-certification of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and the Joint Commission International standards – reinforcing her position as a leader in the field of environmental and quality management.

With her proactive approach and proven competence, Andréia has contributed significantly to promoting sustainable practices and ensuring compliance with the highest environmental and quality standards in various organizations.

Mr Matthieu Girier

Chief Human Resources Officer, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Bordeaux, France

Director of Human Resources (HR) for the past ten years, Matthieu Girier operated in four different public hospitals of various sizes: from 700 to 14,000 employees in three different regions of France.

In his current position, he particularly developed initiatives dealing with workforce attraction and loyalty, increasing of well-being at work, and reinforcing ties between the clinical units and the surrounding schools of health. His expertise in this field of study brought him to preside the French Association for Human Resources in Health – gathering more than a hundred of HR specialists.