Climate and Health Committee

Sustainability, climate change and biodiversity loss are the pre-eminent issues facing the world today. The planet has entered a climate and ecological emergency and the entire health sector, including public health, has a vital role to play in addressing the issues. There are many co-benefits to be gained in health by addressing climate change and the ecological emergency. The Faculty of Public Health is uniquely well placed to lead policy discussion and formulation in this area and the Climate & Health Committee will provide the lead within the Faculty, linking with the Board, other Faculty committees, special interest groups and external bodies.

Committee aims and objectives
  • To lead FPH’s sustainability, climate change and ecological emergencies policies
  • To embed sustainability, and climate change and biodiversity in all FPH policy developments
  • To promote best practice in sustainability, climate change and biodiversity work across the Faculty and to and through its membership
  • To promote sustainability, climate change and biodiversity across the curriculum for specialist Trainees
  • To increase the Faculty’s profile in sustainability, climate change and biodiversity work
  • To advise on the Faculty’s ethical investment policy and the transition to carbon neutrality by 2030

The Climate & Health Committee seeks to support the FPH President, Officers, Board and staff in  advising on matters relating to existing FPH’s sustainability, climate change and biodiversity policies and practices, as well as proposing revisions, amendments and additions to these policies and practices.

The Climate & Health Committee will provide guidance and support to the FPH Board and other committees to ensure sustainability, climate change and biodiversity is embedded in all aspects of the work being undertaken by the Faculty.

The Climate & Health Committee will meet a minimum of three times a year for face-to-face meetings, with an opportunity for teleconferences between meetings to ensure the work programme is being delivered as per an agreed schedule. The committee will report to the Health Policy Committee.

Group membership

Membership shall consist of a Chair and stakeholders to include the following:

  • FPH Board representative
  • FPH Members and Fellows
  • Sustainable Development Special Interest Group (SIG) representative(s)
  • Specialty Registrars
  • External representatives
  • FPH staff representative(s)

Committee representation should also incorporate members from the devolved nations of the UK and should include members with appropriate knowledge in sustainability and climate change policy. The Sustainable Development SIG will work with the committee chair to agree the membership and terms of reference for the committee.


The Climate & Health Committee will develop a work plan for the Faculty and work with relevant FPH committees to implement these actions. The work of the Committee must comply with all FPH policies.


The Committee will work in partnership with other public health organisations. The intention will be to co-create work undertaken by the committee with members of the faculty, including SIGs and committees and with other partners, as appropriate.

Sustainable Development SIG

The Committee will build on the excellent work that has already been undertaken by the SD SIG. The SD SIG will act as an advisory group and sounding board for the Committee, as the SIG’s membership comprises those from the FPH interested in sustainability and climate change and with some co-optees. The Committee and SIG chairs will collaborate to co-ordinate the work of the network and the Committee to maximise their impact.

For more details on the Sustainable Development Special Interest Group, including CPD resources on sustainable development and climate change, click here.


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Chair - Sue Atkinson