NewGen Surgical Signs HHS Pledge to Mobilize Healthcare Sector to Reduce Emissions

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San Rafael, California, June 14, 2022  NewGen Surgical has signed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) climate pledge initiative in partnership with the White House to mobilize the healthcare sector to reduce carbon emissions. On April 22, 2022, the HHS issued a call to action for healthcare stakeholders to commit to tackling the climate crisis through a new initiative aimed at reducing emissions across the healthcare sector. This new initiative challenges private health systems to match or exceed emission reduction goals set under the Biden Administration and to build climate considerations into the future of healthcare.

U.S. hospitals, health systems, suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, and other industry stakeholders have been invited to submit pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase their climate resilience. The voluntary pledge asks signees to, at a minimum, commit to (1) reducing their organization’s emissions (by 50% by 2030 and to net-zero by 2050) and publicly reporting on their progress; (2) completing an inventory of Scope 3 (supply chain) emissions; and (3) developing climate resilience plans for their facilities and communities. It also asks all signees to designate an executive lead for this work.

“NewGen Surgical is proud to announce our commitment to this climate initiative of the HHS and the White House,” said Kimberlee Luedee-Chase, CMO and Co-founder at NewGen Surgical. “Emission reduction through upcycled plant-based product choices is clearly the additional benefit to eliminating chemicals of concern and plastic waste. With plastic set to outpace coal as a climate-change driver by 2025, our own company, along with our customers, will have a significant emissions impact throughout the healthcare sector.  Plastic permeates every aspect of health and the balance of delicate ecosystems. Our company is founded on a mission to change that and provide healthier product choices for healthcare.”

It is estimated that 1 million tons of clean, non-infectious healthcare plastics are generated at healthcare facilities nationwide annually, and only a small portion is recycled. NewGen Surgical sought to close that gap by producing plant-based devices that promote sustainable operations by completing the circular economy. Since then, we have eliminated over 50 tons of plastic and 50 metric tons of CO2e in the healthcare supply chain by replacing plastic single-use products with our upcycled plant-based products that are essential to surgical procedures.

About NewGen Surgical Inc.

NewGen Surgical Inc. develops and manufactures plant-based, single-use medical devices and products. With Smart Sustainable Design™, the company’s mission is to offer clinically effective product solutions to measurably reduce plastic waste and Scope 3 CO2 emissions. NewGen Surgical products are California Prop 65 compliant, free of intentionally added BPA or BPA-derived plastics, mercury, phthalates, and PVC. Currently, the company offers six product lines available direct from NewGen Surgical and through major national distributors which include Cardinal Health, Concordance Healthcare Solutions, LeeSar Packops, PDL Distribution Services, Medline Industries, and Owens & Minor. Founded in 2012 in the San Francisco Bay Area, NewGen Surgical is a member of the American Sustainable Business Council, a supporter of Practice Greenhealth, and a recipient of the California Product Stewardship Council 2018 Green Arrow Award for circular economy innovation.

Resources:

HHS Climate Pledge Initiative

The New Coal; Plastic and Climate Change

Plastic and Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet

The Link Between Fossil Fuels, Single-Use Plastics and Climate Change

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