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What we will do

Although there is a clear trend towards patient-centric models of healthcare there are still some 15,000 hospitals in Europe of  varying size, location and ownership.  Most of these were built in times of low energy costs and powered by fossil-based energy sources.  This and their 24/7 operation means that they have a relatively high energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Evolving changes in healthcare practice and new regulations are driving much more refurbishment of existing hospitals rather than totally new developments.  Rising energy costs mean that investment to improve the energy efficiency of existing hospitals is now a high priority.  However, in spite of the EU2020 Energy targets there is limited current investment related to the reduction of CO2 emissions and renewable energy systems (RES).

A recent study by a related European network (LCB-HEALTHCARE) indicates that the European healthcare sector accounts for around 5% of CO2 emissions.  It also confirmed that healthcare facility stakeholders regard energy efficiency as the most important priority to achieve lower carbon building at present but believe that energy from renewable energy systems will become more important in the future.

There are, however, significant barriers to investment in RES including a lack of awareness/competence, perceptions of technical risk, budget constraints, traditional approaches to capital investment and failure to translate political targets into practical incentives.  In spite of this there are some notable examples of investment in different European countries that could be replicated more widely.

The RES-Hospitals project aimed to provide hospital decision makers with the evidence and guidance to significantly increase investment in energy efficiency and RES.  This helped national and regional stakeholders in the sector to make a greater contribution to the 2020 EU Energy targets.


The RES-Hospitals project had two strategic aims.  These were to:

  1. Enable participating national/regional agencies to transform their hospitals to at least 50% energy from renewable energy systems by 2020
  2. Provide the wider hospital sector in Europe with the evidence and tools to aim for at least 20% energy from renewable systems by 2020

Inherent within these objectives was the pre-requisite of minimising energy consumption.

The objectives were achieved through the following key activities:

  • Establishment of a peer learning network of national/regional agencies in eight European countries who will coordinate parallel projects within 16 hospitals
  • Working together with participating hospitals to explore both practical and radical options to achieve 50% self-sufficiency energy by 2020 in different cultural, geographic and economic situations
  • Development of a RES Guide for European Hospitals including current and emerging technical and commercial options
  • Extend the peer learning network to at least 20 European countries and related European networks through a framework that will continue after the project
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