Utilizing Renewable Energy for Healthcare Estates

13:45 - 14:15
6 June 2018

The subject relates to global climate change and the devastating negative impact on human health due to predicted temperature rise.

Healthcare facilities and their associated sites / estates, are unique in that they generally operate 24 hours a day for 365 days a year, and therefore have a higher utilization than most other building types. Presently, virtually all the energy utilized in healthcare stems from fossil fuels which produces carbon emissions, which contribute to climate change.

The presentation examines the carbon emissions and energy utilisation on healthcare campuses from the UK and the GCC region, as examples of a mature and an emerging health sector; along with the evaluation to supplement traditional primary fuels / energy supplies (natural gas and oil), with renewable energy streams, as a mitigation measure to address the transformation into ‘Lower Carbon’ and more sustainable economies.

The presentation will review responses by each region to the climate change potential, in the form of legislations with performance targets, and the integrating of non-fossil fuel energy sources; that includes the range of renewable energy solutions that have been utilised in the past, such as solar energy, wind energy, heat pumps, and biomass ‘waste to energy’ as viable renewable fuel sources to supplement traditional primary fuels supplies.

With consideration for the changing landscape of contributing factors including the potential tightening of emissions values with the UK NHS as the landscape of future emission values and move away from combustion.  This is equally applicable for emerging healthcare markets such as the GCC, where revenue implications of lower funding revenue, the review will indicate benchmark performance values and renewable guidance that supports the beneficial environmental and operational economics for healthcare, by shifting the focus on the technologies available to integrate renewable systems such as Solar energy and biomass to supplement primary fuels, and by a determinable value.


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