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Knowledge gaps and data deficits

ed* Nr. 02/2023 – Chapter 9

One of the main problems: There is no systematic and sufficiently targeted data collection of climate-related health and social impacts and emission sources. In the health sector, for example, there is a lack of data on the carbon footprint of medicinal products or the longevity of medical devices. The situation is similar for occupational health and safety. While there is now a great deal of international research on the extent and health impacts of climate change on workers, there is also a need for more research on the impact of climate change on workers’ health. What is missing, however, is data with a specific reference to the work context. This also applies especially to Germany1.

© 2023 HorstWagner.euDr Doris Pfeiffer, Chairwoman of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds – GKV-Spitzenverband)

We generally need have data on where the main emissions are coming from in the health sector.