Health and Energy Policy Roundtable; Wed 24 April


Health and Energy Policy Roundtable

Wed. 24th April 2013; 9h00-15h00

Klein Schuur conference venue; Groote Schuur Hospital

The UCT School of Public Health and Family Medicine; African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI); and groundWork South Africa, invite you to a Health and Energy Policy Roundtable on Wed. 24th April 2013.

Our challenge: The routine release of pollutants from energy extraction, distribution and consumption has significant implications for human health, directly as environmental health impacts, and indirectly through impacts on ecosystems and global climate change. These implications are not sufficiently considered in the development of national energy policy however.

Our objectives: We wish to bring together health professionals, researchers, and academics with energy policy experts to identify the health implications of current energy policy and systems in the Western Cape and South Africa; to develop a position for a healthy energy policy; and to develop a collaborative strategy for mobilizing the health sector on energy and health impacts.

A provisional programme is attached. It will feature briefpresentations from climate, public health, and energy experts, followed by discussion groups and a panel discussion.

Discussion questions will include:

· What are the health implications of our current energy policy and systems?

· How can the health sector bring the health implications of national energy policy into the public debate?

· What can health institutions and health professionals do to achieve the energy goal of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Agenda?

The Roundtable will run from 9h00 to 15h00 on Wed. 24th April 2013 in the Klein Schuur conference venue at Groote Schuur Hospital. Lunch will be provided.

Please confirm your attendance by Friday 12th April 2013 to rico or Elloise.Kennell. A reading list and briefing papers will be provided to all participants.

We look forward to your participation in this event.

Yours sincerely,
Rico Euripidou: groundWork (Friends of the Earth South Africa)
Andrea Rother: Programme Head – Health Risk Management, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, UCT Faculty of Health Sciences
James Irlam: Senior Lecturer, Primary Health Care Directorate, UCT Faculty of Health Sciences
Mark New, Pro Vice-Chancellor Climate Change & Director: ACDI