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Ontario Reducing Carbon Footprint, Boosting Care at Hospitals in Southwestern Ontario

Energy Savings to be Reinvested in Patient Care

Ontario is investing in hospitals to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and redirect savings into patient care across the province.

This program will help hospitals save energy and encourage the use of more renewable energy technologies. Five hospitals located in the South West Local Health Integration Network are receiving $3,075,191 in funding for 7 energy-efficiency projects.

This year, Ontario is funding 180 projects at 98 hospitals across the province to address energy efficiency needs at hospitals. As a result of these and other improvements, almost five megatons of carbon dioxide equivalent gases are expected to be eliminated from the environment by 2050, the equivalent to taking about 40,000 vehicles off our roads. By 2020-21, it is estimated that we can generate over $60 million in annual energy-related savings and sustain those savings on an annual basis for 20 years.

This program is an initiative of the Climate Change Action Plan and uses proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market to modernize facilities such as hospitals, universities, and heritage buildings.

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“The Hospital Energy Efficiency Program is another example of the government’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our health care system. These new investments will help ensure hospitals can focus on helping patients get timely access to appropriate, high-quality health care within a sustainable system.”

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

 

“Ontario’s actions to help hospitals fight climate change and improve energy efficiency will reduce greenhouse gas pollution, increase patient comfort and redirect savings into patient care across the province. Our Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market are working together to help reduce greenhouse gas pollution and save energy costs while ensuring a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous low-carbon future for all Ontarians.”

— Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

 

“Our government is investing in a cleaner and healthier future for Ontario.  Hospitals in our region will be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate costs savings that can be re-invested back into patient care.”

— Deb Matthews, MPP for London North Centre

 

“Investing in energy efficient projects will make precious health care resources available for future generations to come. We are proud to be receiving these investments and want to acknowledge the leadership of hospitals within the South West LHIN that are advancing these seven initiatives, which will help create a more sustainable and cost effective health care system for patients and their families.”

— Kelly Gillis, Interim Co-CEO and VP of Strategy, System Design and Integration, South West LHIN

 

QUICK FACTS

  •  Ontario is investing $64 million this year in the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program.
  • HEEP investments in other hospitals in the area include:
    • $289,500 for energy efficient lighting upgrades at Four Counties Heath Services
    • $70,000 for a roof top unit replacement at Four Counties Health Services
    • $1,523,864 to replace boiler steam, gas/oil fired combustion heat generating systems at London Health Sciences Centre
    • $125,829 for energy efficient lighting upgrades at London Health Sciences Centre
    • $483,783 to St. Joseph’s Health Care to replace the roof system at Parkwood Hospital.
    • $250,000 to restore the atrium skylight at St. Thomas Elgin General – South Building
    • $332,215 for energy efficient lighting upgrades at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital
    • As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is also spending an additional $9 billion for new hospital projects, bringing the total planned investment in hospital infrastructure to more than $20 billion over the next 10 years.
    • Ontario is making the largest investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history – more than $190 billion in public infrastructure over 13 years, starting in 2014-15. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
  • The Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050. The government will report on the plan's implementation annually and review the plan at least every five years. 
  • Ontario’s carbon market proceeds will be invested into projects that help families lower their energy costs and save money.

 

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