LIFE SMART Hospital - A Step towards zero eMissions goAl in Heath SectoR: BesT Practice Examples in Hospital Universitario Río Hortega
The main goal of the LIFE SMART Hospital project is to increase the resilience of hospitals to climate change by developing action plans dealing with energy, water and waste. The approach will be demonstrated at the Hospital Universitario Rio Hortega (HURH), in Valladolid (Spain).
Specific actions undertaken by the project will be:
Energy measures including: o Installation of high-efficiency incinerators; o Improvement of the performance of boilers; o Improved lighting system management; o Rationalisation of the ventilation system or installation of heat recovery systems in operating theatres; o Reduced greenhouse gas emissions through energy rationalisation measures; o An energy audit to assess the effectiveness of the measures.
Water measures will include actions fully aligned with the objectives of (the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/CE):
Water-saving measures such as the installation of flow-control devices or dialysis water reuse;>li> o Improvements to the treatment of effluent generated by the hospital before discharge into public water systems; o Implementation of a system for water consumption control; o A water audit to assess the effectiveness of the implemented measures.
Waste measures will be aligned with European legislation such as the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/CE) and Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (2004/12/CE): o Improvements to the current design of waste classification, separation and collection systems; o Implementation of measures for the traceability of waste and customised staff training; o A waste audit to assess the effectiveness of the implemented measures.
Creation of a network of experts in sustainable management of hospitals.
- 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; and
- Awareness raising about the demonstration project in at least 20 hospitals or regional health management organisations.
Contact person: Raquel Lopez