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Adaptation of hospitals to mitigate climate change

LIFE SMART HOSPITAL

The main goal is to increase the resilience of hospitals to climate change by developing action plans based on best practices, customized training and potential for replicating the experience.
Source of funds:
European
Lines research: Sustainability

The health sector is a major consumer of resources (energy, fossil fuels, water, etc.), generates large amount of waste and thus contributes significantly to climate change. It is a global problem, and for example in Brazil, it is estimated that 10% of the total energy consumed in the country comes from the Health sector. Closer, in the UK, the National Health Service generates 25% of emissions of greenhouse gas throughout the public sector.

In this regard, the European Commission has brought forward in October 2014 its binding proposal to reduce by 40% in 2030 the carbon emissions in the EU in relation to the level of 1990. This is a much more ambitious rate than other world powers (China or USA). LIFE Smart Hospital aligns with these European guidelines as it aims to reduce carbon emissions in this highly demanding energy sector

Objetives

The main goal of LIFE SMART Hospital is to increase the resilience of hospitals to climate change by developing action plans based on best practices, customized training and potential for replicating the experience. These action plans are structured, as demonstrators, along three axes: Energy, Water and waste, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint of the hospitals and moving toward carbon emission neutrality.

The LIFE demonstrator experience will be held at the Rio Hortega University Hospital (HURH) in Valladolid (Spain), and intends to be a real example of the environmental, operational and economic benefits obtained.

LIFE SMART Hospital specific goals are:

  • Increase the energy efficiency of the HURH’s facilities in line with various European regulations such as the Green Book 2005 or the Directive 2010/31/EU.
  • Improve water management at the HURH, consistent with the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC.
  • Improve the control of the waste generated and handled in the HURH through traceability, which will be aligned with several waste European Directives such as the Directive 2008/98/EC or the Directive 2004/12/EC.

Expected results

  • 10% reduction in the carbon footprint of the demonstration hospital
  • 5% saving in the fuel used in incinerators and boilers;
  • 10% saving in power consumption resulting from improvements to the lighting system;
  • 30% reduction in energy consumption from better ventilation of operating theatres;
  • 30% reduction in the water footprint of the hospital;
  • 35% reduction in the hospital's water consumption;
  • 20% reduction of pollutant load discharges from the hospital;
  • 5% reduction in the amount of non-separated waste;
  • 1% reduction in the amount of waste currently going to landfill

 

Life Smart Hospital is a project co-funded by the European Community under the LIFE+ Financial Instrument

Contribution: 132.222,00 €
Project ID: ENV/ES/001013
Financing:
Comisión Europea - Life

Comisión Europea - Life