Greening the health sector
As part of a project to protect health from climate change, energy efficiency measures and renewable sources of energy will be introduced in two pilot hospitals in 2010.
These measures will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions at municipal level and raise the awareness of health managers and staff of the effects on climate change. Training hospital staff is expected to change their behaviour towards energy saving and protection of the environment.
This pilot initiative may in turn promote private and public partnerships in the country. Lessons learnt have a potential wide-scale application to help reduce government expenditure; adapt to heat and cold; and provide a model for the government to carry out independent measures and programmes.