Tropical Medicine & International Health 2021

Environmentally sustainable practices in global health research and higher education institutions: Lessons from consultation with the TropEd Global Health institutions.

Whitfield K, Cretu A, Bousema T, Cohen J
To examine how global health institutions are reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations and analyse the facilitators and barriers to achieving decarbonisation goals.We reviewed the sustainability goals and implementation plans of 10 global health universities from the 'TropEd' network. We systematically collected information from institutional websites and annual reports. Through online interviews, 11 key informants validated the information from 9 of the institutions and shared their opinions regarding what factors are helping their institutions decarbonise and what factors are hindering progress.4/10 institutions sampled have a sustainability strategy and implementation plan, only 3/10 have specific decarbonisation goals, and 3/10 are reporting on progress. 5/10 institutions reported that they are in the process of determining emission reduction targets.This paper identifies common success factors that facilitate decarbonisation as well as common challenges and how they are being tackled, and makes recommendations on sustainability efforts in academic institutions.© 2021 The Authors Tropical Medicine & International Health Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.