St Vincent’s Health Australia, Australia’s largest non-government health and aged care provider, is leading the way in taking steps to reduce the carbon imprint of its hospitals and health facilities, the ABC reports.
SVHA, which operates six public hospitals, nine private hospitals and 17 aged care facilities, is overseeing a plan which has been reducing the environmental impact of operations, as well as saving money.
“We knew that we had to do something about our greenhouse gas emissions. If you look at a typical hospital, we're four-and-a-half times more energy-intensive than a commercial space,” David Bryant from SVHA told the ABC’s AM Program.
“We've installed 10,000 solar panels across 16 hospitals and aged care. So that will generate about 4 million kilowatt hours of electricity. In fact, to sort of quantify that in houses: that's 360 houses with a family in them. That's how much it will generate.”
Mr Bryant said the hospitals were also replacing their incandescent and florescent lights with LEDs and were also tackling waste on other fronts, by introducing food on demand in hospitals.
“More than 80 per cent of what we were throwing out with food wastage we're no longer throwing out. Now, that's not CO2 emissions but it absolutely goes to waste,” he said.
“It really goes to reducing our environmental footprint. We're proud that we've done this. It's the right thing to do by the community.”
St Vincent’s Health Australia was founded by the Sisters of Charity and operates under the stewardship of Mary Aitken Ministries.
Listen to the full ABC interview or see the transcript.