The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS; Washington, D.C.), in partnership with the White House, is calling on the healthcare sector to commit to addressing the climate crisis through a voluntary pledge to reduce emissions by half by 2030 and reach zero emissions by 2050.

U.S. hospitals, health systems, suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, and other industry stakeholders are invited to submit pledges by June 3 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase their climate resilience. The voluntary pledge asks signees to commit to reducing their organization’s emissions; publicly report on their progress; complete an inventory of Scope 3 (supply chain) emissions; develop climate resilience plans for their facilities and communities; and designate an executive lead for the work.

The White House plans to host a meeting in June to highlight the healthcare sector’s progress in promoting climate actions. The healthcare sector contributes 8.5 percent of total U.S. emissions, according to White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy.

HHS said it plans to make climate-readiness resources and technical assistance supports available to healthcare providers in the coming months. For pledge forms and more information, click here.