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Volume 87 - 2024 - Fasc.1 - Expert Point of View

Position statement on how can we can implement the Greendeal in our gastrointestinal and gastrointestinal endoscopy department in Belgium

The importance to reach the target to be carbon net zero by 2050, as presented by the European Commission in the European Green Deal, cannot be overestimated. In a current endoscopy world, where single use has found its place and techniques are constantly evolving, it will be a challenge to reach these goals. How can we reconcile this evolution to a carbon neutral status by 2050 without compromising patients care, clinical standards and training needs? The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) together with the European Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Nurses and Associates (ESGENA) recently published a position statement (1) whereas in the UK there is the work from the green endoscopy group (2) in line with the strategy of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) on sustainability (3). In Flanders, a project called “greendeal in duurzame zorg” had its kick off in March 2023 (4) so it is about time that we in Belgium, as gastroenterologists, start with tangible actions to a more sustainable daily practice. We wrote this position statement in cooperation with the Vlaamse Vereniging voor Gastro-Enterologie (VVGE), the Société royale belge de Gastro-entérologie (SRBGE) and the Belgian Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (BSGIE). We will also work together in the coming years to continue to motivate our members to work on these initiatives and to co-opt new projects within the framework of the greendeal.