Hospitals contribute to climate change because of their consumption of natural resources and the waste that they generate. For instance, the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) estimates its carbon footprint at over 18 million tonnes CO2/year, or 25% of the greenhouse gas emissions of the entire UK public sector. According to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates, the 73 billion kilowatt hours consumed annually by the American health system have a cost of $600 billion in the form of direct energy consumption and health externalities arising from pollutant emissions.

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 include energy, water and waste measures, such as the nstallation of high-efficiency incinerators; the improvement of the performance of boilers; the installation of flow-control devices or dialysis water reuse or the implementation of measures for the traceability of waste and customised staff training.

The final objective, therefore, is to move toward carbon emission neutrality in the health area, so this sector could show the way forward in response to climate change, taking an active role in the defense of a healthy and sustainable future.

This LIFE Project is led by CARTIF, together with its partners: the Regional Health Service of Castilla y León, ITENE and COINGES.


For further information about this project, please visit its website 


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