Energy Globe World Award 2017

Finalist in the category Air


Project:
The Power Within - Sustainable Development of the Grevena Hospital
Submitted by:
GREVENA HOSPITAL
Country:
Greece


The Grevena Hospital, a 110-bed strong hospital in West Macedonia, Greece, implemented a project which reduces inefficient and uncontrolled use of electrical energy, heating oil and water.

Initial situation
The Grevena Hospital initiated its operation in 2003. In 2010, the new technical subdivision management foresaw the need for the hospital to alter its traditional way of operation towards a more efficient mode. Since its initial operation sporadic measures of no substantial gain had been implemented. By mid-2011, the need to run the Grevena Hospital more sustainably was clearly evident. The latest political and economic developments in Greece made it imperative for the hospital to alter its traditional modus operandi by implementing an innovative and eco-friendly strategy in the hospital's micro-society while meeting fiscal targets. The rationale for this project was the unsustainable, inefficient and uncontrolled use of energy and water in the everyday operation of the hospital.

Solution
The 110-bed strong hospital in West Macedonia, Greece, composed a project aiming to reduce inefficient and uncontrolled use of electrical energy, heating oil and water. The project was executed in spite of many difficulties that appeared, e.g. budget restrictions, economic crisis and its social implications. It became a success because in the technological context it managed to reduce relevant consumptions. In 2015, compared to the 2008-2011 average consumption, electrical energy, heating oil and water were reduced by 32%/48%/78%, respectively and during the whole project duration (2012-2016) 1600 MWh, 600 m3 of heating oil and 177.000 m3 of water were saved. Another success was the increased awareness among the hospital's micro-society since the staff was mobilized under common goals.

Innovation
The project became very successful because it vividly portrayed the ability of a small, local micro-society, a relatively small hospital in Western Macedonia, Greece, away from the main decision centers, to use the power within (expertise, stamina and devotion) and meet impressive goals with minimum resources. The philosophy of the project was to apply flexible, adaptive and interlinked mechanisms (e.g. technical solutions, training of personnel) that in cooperation with a continuous monitoring and collection of data (e.g. energy consumption) would intervene to align consumption with true needs.

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