Specific carbon factors for health products – availability and application of data for ARVs and LLINs
UN has considerable opportunity to influence how carbon footprinting can be used in the context of supplier selection, and through this to encourage greater transparency and reporting of environmental impact from product manufacture. The United Nations Informal Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector1 has been established to develop and implement an action plan on this topic, i.e. providing a systematic approach for incorporating environmental impact quantification into procurement. This paper reports a preliminary review of data availability, and contextual information gathered during discussions with suppliers, for two specific categories of procurement which feature significantly in Global Fund (GF) health programmes in Zimbabwe, and implications of data
availability on future reporting.