Oml CenterAs part of its newly launched Healthy Energy Initiative, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)-Asia, together with OML Center, convened a round table discussion entitled “NEXUS: Shaping a Common Agenda for Climate, Energy and Health” at the OML Center facilities in Ortigas.
The round table discussion aimed to gather leaders from the climate, energy and health sectors in the Philippines to launch a national conversation and develop a common agenda that links climate resilience, sustainable energy and health equity.
In his welcome remarks, Dr. Rodel Lasco, OML Center scientific director and a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, emphasized the importance of health in the broader climate and energy discourse. He cited a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report stating that “climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050.”
Dr. Renzo Guinto, HCWHAsia’s Healthy Energy Initiative campaigner, noted the roles of the health sector in the climate- energy nexus, which are, in terms of climate adaptation, to monitor the health impacts of climate change through robust surveillance systems, and to build resilient health systems responsive to these impacts.
“For mitigation, the health sector needs to advocate to other sectors for mitigation measures that have co-benefits to health, such as shifting from coal to clean energy….,’” Dr. Guinto added.
He referred to the “Health in All Policies” approach being promoted by WHO as a useful framework for addressing the climate-energy-health nexus and called for the adoption of health impact assessments in the evaluation of energy projects.
The event is part of a series of activities to build momentum for HCWH-Asia’s Healthy Energy Initiative, which aims to mobilize the health sector to play a central role in advocating for a move away from fossil fuel-based power generation.
At present, the initiative is comprised of a network from five countries—Australia, China, India, the Philippines and South Africa—and the European region.