A Climate Change Oversight Group was established in my Department in September 2021, in order to provide a coherent approach by the health sector to the climate agenda. The Group met upon its establishment and it is envisaged that it will meet 2-3 times per year, while providing a forum for engagement across the relevant business areas as appropriate.
The Oversight Group draws together expertise in relation to the range of policy and business areas, including medical expertise, which interact with the climate change agenda. These centre on the issues of public health, emergency management, active lifestyles, capital expenditure and the carbon footprint of the built environment of the health sector. Over time, and as the Oversight Group beds down, additional policy areas which interact with the climate space may be identified and the membership of the Group may be added to. The Group will also engage as appropriate with the broader health sector, including HSE and national health and research experts.