US Hospitals Switch to Green Energy Sources

7 February 2010 (Last Updated February 7th, 2010 18:30)

Three hospitals in the US have signed energy contracts to reduce costs and counteract climate change by participating in Practice Greenhealth's clean energy solutions programme. The contract will save over $1.7m in energy costs and provide the hospitals with up to 10% of their required

Three hospitals in the US have signed energy contracts to reduce costs and counteract climate change by participating in Practice Greenhealth's clean energy solutions programme.

The contract will save over $1.7m in energy costs and provide the hospitals with up to 10% of their required energy.

The eco-friendly energy sources will prevent 11,829t of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere and will go some way to providing health benefits that includes avoiding over 200 respiratory illnesses.

The health sector holds 16% of the US economy and spends $6.5bn each year on energy, almost all of which is generated by the burning of fossil fuels.

The clean energy solutions programme was launched by Practice Greenhealth in the US to help the country's healthcare sector switch to cleaner, renewable energy sources.

Practice Greenhealth also developed the healthcare clean energy exchange (HCEE) process that enables hospitals to buy energy from renewable sources for the same price as the traditional energy is generated.