Circular economy in the health sector
The healthcare sector is responsible for a significant share of the German raw material balance. However, the linear economic model or the "throwaway economy" has become firmly established in the healthcare sector - well visible in the ubiquity of single-use products.
Need to reduce the environmental impact of the medical device industry
The healthcare sector is a large contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, both directly and indirectly through purchased goods and services. Environmentally-extended input-output (EEIO) modelling has shown that healthcare sector emissions contribute between 4 percent and 10 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in the USA, Canada, and Australia.