15. May 2024

European Public Health Week: GÖG-Colloquium


Greener pharmaceuticals: policies for an environmentally sustainable pharmaceutical system

When? 15.05.2024 15:00 – 16:30 CEST
Where? Online webinar via zoom

Pharmaceuticals play an important role in transitioning towards a planetary health approach: they currently make up a large share of the carbon footprint of health systems, and their manufacturing and improper disposal can negatively impact on finely balanced eco systems. These negative impacts pose challenges for achieving sustainable health care, but they also provide opportunities for introducing policies that make the production, procurement, and use of pharmaceuticals more environmentally friendly.

This webinar will provide a platform to learn about a range of policies along the pharmaceutical value chain which can mitigate the detrimental effects of pharmaceuticals on the environment. The webinar will focus on policy measures that already exist as part of pharmaceutical systems, including health technology assessment (HTA) and public procurement of medicines, and will explore how these can be used to transition towards more sustainable health systems. Participants will learn about recent research into assessing environmental impacts of pharmaceuticals and will hear about the experience of three countries (Austria, Denmark and the United Kingdom) in introducing policies and initiatives to promote “greener” pharmaceuticals.


  • Nadine Henderson (Office of Health Economics) – tentative presentation title: The role of pharmaceuticals in achieving net zero: greener pharmaceuticals in the UK
  • Oliver Gröne (OptiMedis / University Witten/Herdecke) – tentative presentation title: What role for environmental impacts of pharmaceuticals in HTA? Overview of an evolving evidence landscape
  • Sofie Pedersen (Amgros) – tentative presentation title: Green criteria in the public procurement of medicines: experience from national tenders in Denmark and the joint Nordic tenders
  • Ruperta Lichtenecker (GÖG) – tentative presentation title: Transitioning towards an environmentally sustainable health system: experience from Austria

Welcoming and moderation

Maximilian Salcher-Konrad
Deputy Head of Pharmaeconomics
Austrian National Public Health Institute (GÖG)

We look forward to your participation via Zoom and request online registration. Participation is free of charge.

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The event will take place in the framework of the European Public Health Week – Health is a political choice and is held as part of Horizon Europe ASCERTAIN.