NEWS November 27, 2017
Ontario is investing in hospitals to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and redirect savings into patient care across the province.
Today, Ted McMeekin MPP for Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale announced the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program. This program will help hospitals save energy and encourage the use of more renewable energy technologies.Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Josephs Health will receive $1,460,000 and $450,000 respectively, for energy-efficiency projects.
This year, Ontario is funding 180 projects at 98 hospitals across the province, including 117 heating, ventiliation and air conditioning projects, 35 lighting projects and 28 projects that address other 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.
Improving patient care at hospitals across the province is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“It is encouraging to see the Climate Change Action Plan IN action, assisting our local hospitals.Bringing the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program to our community will improve facilities and thus the health care environment for our citizen’s right here in our Hamilton community.”
-Ted McMeekin MPP, Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale
“We are pleased to see these investments which improve the energy efficiency of hospitals across our region. Reducing energy consumption makes these facilities more cost effective to operate and allows more money can be directed to patient care.”
- Donna Cripps, CEO, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN
“HHS is proud to be helping to lead Ontario’s healthcare sector toward a resilient and sustainable future based on efficient energy use. A healthy planet makes for healthier people and dollars we save in energy costs can be put toward patient care. Everyone wins.”
- Kelly Campbell, VP, Corporate Services & Capital Development, Hamilton Health Sciences
“We will be able to use this funding to support the much-needed replacement of new air handling units which not only will result in more comfortable space for patients and staff, but is also a win for our planet and will result in lower energy usage for St. Joseph’s on an annual basis”.
-Karen Langstaff, Chief Facility Planning and Patient Support Services, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
For further information, please contact Ted McMeekin 905-690-6552
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