American Hospital Dubai launches vision to lead as the region's premier adopter of green healthcare practices.
09 November 2023, 12:00 AM
30 November 2023, 12:00 AM
American Hospital Dubai consolidated its commitment to carbon footprint reduction by formally launching its sustainability policy. The policy's launch aligns with the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan's, declaration of 2023 as the Year of Sustainability.
The American Hospital's sustainable policy is a covenant of governance and impact that systemises its current sustainability practices, integrating performance, measurability, and accountability to enable it to become the region's leading healthcare model in carbon reduction.
The initiative comprises Scope 1 and 2 in phase one, with Scope 1 covering American Hospital Dubai's direct CO2 emissions, including its buildings, fleet of ambulances and other facilities and Scope 2 covering its indirect use of energy, such as electricity bills and power required to operate the hospitals and its clinics. Scope 3 will extend the project's objectives, covering all emissions beyond Scope 1 and 2 arising from the company's value chain, such as using and disposing of products purchased from suppliers.
The hospital's spectrum of sustainability practices includes energy savings by replacing conventional lighting with Light Emitting Diode (LED), increasing the plantation footprint on-campus, selecting primary diagnostic modalities that are more energy efficient and rely on air-cooling versus water cooling, fuel emissions reduction, medical waste management and e-recycling.
Moreover, the hospital is in a transitional phase towards a 100 per cent paperless environment for staff and patients and a gradual reduction of plastics; a water dispenser has been installed in each building, encouraging occupants to fill their reusable bottles.
The hospital reduced its Energy Use Intensity (EUI) from 47 in 2020 to 34 in 2022, achieving 20,384,129kWh (kilowatt-hours) savings, conserving 2,176 gallons of water daily with touchless faucets and 21,900 litres annually with dual-flush WCs.
It recycled 3,653 metric tonnes (MT) of CO2 emissions from waste and 2,145MT of CO2 from cars annually, planted equivalent to one acre of forest cover by greening its premises, and grew 261,359 trees from seedlings over 10 years.
The hospital's recycled material usage includes carpets made from partly recycled raw materials, phthalate-free vinyl flooring for reduced water usage-cleaning, chairs made of 50 per cent recycled ocean-bound plastic and polyester pads or 100 cent urethane foam, and the use of green cleaning solutions across the premises.
It also includes use of eco-friendly building materials, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions, improving indoor air quality, minimising energy consumption to maintain room ambience temperature by controlling the cooled air flow instead of heating the already cooled air, in addition to farm-to-plate food practices, which have helped it achieve significant results in carbon reduction.