UnitedHealth Group announced a 2035 deadline to be carbon neutral during its annual Investor Conference, as well as a goal to go paperless for patients and providers.
The payer is aiming to pair net zero carbon emissions with investing in renewable energy, according to the Nov. 30 announcement.
UnitedHealth Group also set a goal of going paperless within the next two to three years, cutting down on the company's 3.4 billion pages of annual package information. To support the move, the payer is doubling down on a streamlined digital system that reduces the burden on providers.
The move follows UnitedHealth Group CEO Andrew Witty being named co-chair of the National Academy of Medicine's Climate Collaborative, which aims to shrink healthcare's carbon footprint.