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.
“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
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