Why health systems should prioritize energy efficiency

From cleaner air to a reduction of greenhouse gases, energy efficiency offers an abundance of health and environmental benefits.

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on ECG's website.

But for health systems, there are other tangible impacts—energy efficiency can be a tool to achieve operational benefits and strengthen market position.

Healthcare buildings—and hospitals specifically—consume an incredible amount of energy. And while many of the country’s largest health systems have made public commitments to combat climate change, Kaiser Permanente is leading the charge by becoming the first carbon neutral U.S. health system in late 2020 and operating the country’s first net zero medical office building in Santa Rosa, California.

Below are three key operational benefits health systems should consider as they renew their capital asset plans or adjust their energy consumption in response to updated requirements, including those that carry financial penalties for noncompliance, such as the Washington Clean Buildings Act or the New York City Building Emissions Law. Click here to continue>>

 

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