GREEN-K – Global Environmental Evolution in Nephrology and Kidney Care

Our Shared Responsibility – The Urgent Necessity of Global Environmentally Sustainable Kidney Care

The recently published Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change1 informs that the climate emergency is human caused, rapidly progressing, will worsen until at least mid-century regardless of future emissions scenarios, and heralds massive, unprecedented and cascading impacts on planetary and human health.

GREEN-K – Global Environmental Evolution in Nephrology and Kidney Care – calls on the development of climate resilient kidney care systems that function through accountable, sustainable low carbon health care, and propose a pathway to achieve this goal through a global, collaborative, and inclusive multidisciplinary working group.

1 IPCC: Summary for Policymakers [Pörtner H-O, Roberts DC, Poloczanska ES, Mintenbeck K, Tignor M, Alegria A, Craig M, Langsdorf S, Löschke S, Möller V, Okem A, (eds.)]. In: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Pörtner H-O, Roberts DC, Tignor M, Poloczanska ES, Mintenbeck K, Alegria A, Craig M, Langsdorf S, Löschke S, Möller V, Okem A, Rama B (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press; 2022:3–33. doi: 10.1017/9781009325844.001

Mission, Vision

The ‘GREEN-K’ initiative – Global Environmental Evolution in Nephrology and Kidney Care – has a vision of ‘Sustainable kidney care for a healthy planet and healthy kidneys’, and mission to ‘Promote and support environmentally sustainable and resilient kidney care globally through advocacy, education, and collaboration’.

This initiative will be inclusive and global, focusing on collaborative action to develop a coordinated plan to achieve low carbon kidney services across our spectrum of care.


Members of the GREEN-K Steering Committee: 

  • Caroline E. Stigant | Division of Nephrology, Island Health Authority, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada| Canadian Society of Nephrology
  • Katherine A. Barraclough | Department of Nephrology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne Health, Parkville, Australia; School of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia| Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology and the Australia New Zealand Society of Nephrology 
  • Mark Harber | University College of London Department of Renal Medicine, Royal Free Hospital, London, United Kingdom | United Kingdom Kidney Association
  • Suren Kanagasundaram | Consultant, Renal Services, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; United Kingdom Kidney Association – Clinical co-chair, Sustainable Kidney Care programme
  • Charu Malik | International Society of Nephrology
  • Vivekanand Jha | The George Institute for Global Health, UNSW, New Delhi, India; School of Public Health, Imperial College, London, UK; Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India | International Society of Nephrology
  • Raymond C. Vanholder | Nephrology Section, Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium and European Kidney Health Alliance (EKHA), Brussels, Belgium | European Kidney Health Alliance
  • David S. Goldfarb | Clinical Chief, Nephrology, NYULMC; Professor of Medicine & Physiology, NYU Grossman School of Medicine | American Society of Nephrology
  • Ivo Laranjinha | Hospital de Santa Cruz, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental · Nephrology Department | European Renal Association
  • Magdalena Madero | Chief, Nephrology Division, Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez in Mexico City, Mexico | Latin-American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH)
  • Abdellatif Sidi Aly | President of Mauritania National Organ & Tissue Donor and Transplant Ministry; Director-General, Polyclinique Medipôle Nouakchoot-SSG, Mauritania | African Association of Nephrology (AFRAN)

GREEN-K social media leads:

Astra Zeneca             

have provided sponsorship grants towards this independent program.