100% Renewable Electricity
In order to protect local and global health from climate change and its sources, the world needs to move toward an economy based on clean, renewable, healthy energy. Indeed, a transition to a clean energy economy will benefit both the climate and people’s health.
Health care can contribute to this transition by decarbonizing its energy consumption, operations and supply chain, reducing its climate footprint and powering its facilities on energy from renewable sources.
In 2018, Health Care Without Harm began collecting commitments from health care facilities around the world to target using 100% renewable electricity. To date, 21 institutions in 12 countries have signed on and in doing so are raising the bar for sustainable health care on every continent
In making this commitment, health care is joining thousands of cities, companies, higher education, and other organizations making similar commitments as part of a worldwide effort to accelerate the transition from dependence on fossil fuels to an economy based on clean, renewable energy such as wind and solar.
When fully implemented, these 21 institutions will collectively be serving over 23 million patients per year at facilities powered by 3.3 billion kilowatt hours of renewable electricity. In doing so, they will have reduced their aggregate annual greenhouse gas emissions by over 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e). This is equivalent to:
- taking more than 200,000 cars off the road,
- preventing over 1 million pounds of coal from being burned, and
- 100,000 (U.S) homes’ energy use for one year.
Transitioning away from coal-fueled power sources has been shown to generate immediate health benefits, and hospitals and health centers worldwide are increasingly choosing renewable electricity in order to protect their patients from toxic air pollution as well as the adverse health impacts of climate change.
Health care institutions committing to 100 percent renewable electricity:
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire – Mohammed VI, Marrakech (Morocco)– GGHH Member
Kikonda Health Center III (Uganda)
Kirtipur Hospital (Nepal)– GGHH Member
Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (Nepal)– GGHH Member
Hospital Clínica Bíblica (Costa Rica)– GGHH Member
Hospital Nacional de Niños, Dr. Carlos Sáenz Hererra (Costa Rica)– GGHH Member
Capital Region of Denmark (Denmark)
Radboud University Medical Center (Netherlands)– GGHH Member
SCR Piemonte (Italy)– GGHH Member
Stockholm County Council (Sweden)– GGHH Member
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (UK)– GGHH Member
Vall Hebron Hospital (Spain)
Boston Medical Center
Gundersen Health System
Rochester Regional Health System
University of California Health
University of Vermont Medical Center
Counties Manukau Health (New Zealand)– GGHH Member