The Ministry of the Environment of Mexico City announced today that another public hospital in the capital would be modified to incorporate a sustainable energy model that is free of contaminating emissions. The hospital has not been announced but the plans continue.
To date, 10 public hospitals have been equipped with similar energy systems that “allow a savings of 35 percent in the cost of billing the supply of conventional fuels, mainly in gas and diesel. Thanks to this, after one year of operation, 481 tons of carbon dioxide emissions are saved,” the ministry said in an official press release.
The transformation of hospitals into sustainable energy systems is part of the Climate Action Program of the City of Mexico (PACCM) 2014-2020. The program’s goal is to “promote economic profitability and environmental benefits through the use of these technologies, and transmit to other health institutions nationally the experience obtained.”
The trend to convert hospitals to sustainable energy models is global in nature. The Healthcare Administration Degree Programs (HADO) published a list of the 30 Most Environmentally Friendly Hospitals in the World, of which most are in the US, followed by Canada, the UK and other countries such as Singapore.
According to HADO, the top spot is is held by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in the US. The hospital has a plethora of eco-friendly elements that “included credits for site development that maximizes open space and manages stormwater quality, reducing building energy usage, and implementing UPMC’s recycling and nonsmoking policies at the building,” according to the hospital. It received a distinction in 2015 for being among the first US hospitals to obtain the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Hospitals and other health institutions are increasingly focusing on becoming greener to reduce the threat from climate change and pollution on people’s health. “Climate change is the greatest health threat and opportunity of the 21st century and the health sector must lead the way to call on local, national, and global policymakers to act now to significantly reduce climate pollution and build climate resilience,” said Dr. Maria Neira, Director of WHO Department of Public Health, Environment, and Social Determinants of Health, on September 12 during the Global Climate and Health Forum.
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