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In the future, health care systems will also have to pay greater attention to sustainability. This factor must especially be taken into account in the hospital sector. As an active contribution toward environmental protection, VAMED already integrates national environmental standards and regulations into the planning and construction of a hospital or other health care facility.

For instance, in its design of a hospital and modern cancer clinic that is being constructed on a turnkey basis in Gabon, VAMED provided for the waste water from the hospital to be cleaned in a proprietary sewage treatment plant. Clinical waste is disposed of in the hospital’s own high-temperature incinerator designed to European standards.

For many years, VAMED has been responsible for the technical management of the Vienna General Hospital and University Clinic (AKH), one of the largest hospitals in Austria with over 10,000 employees. Together with the AKH, VAMED has implemented a range of measures designed to conserve energy, especially in the areas of air-conditioning and heat recovery. In 2009, the AKH’s greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by about 12 % versus 1998, i. e. from approximately 134,000 t to about 118,000 t of CO2 per year. The international target set by the Kyoto Protocol, to reduce emissions by 5.2 %, has therefore been well exceeded. VAMED measures the hospital’s emissions on a CO2 equivalent basis. This is a standard measure that converts greenhouse gas emissions into the equivalent amount of CO2, also taking into account other greenhouse gases in order to achieve the Kyoto target, enabling companies to demonstrate the effectiveness of environmental and climate protection measures. The AKH, together with VAMED, has set itself the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2012 by three times the amount required by the Kyoto Protocol.

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