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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Greece 2017

Project: Sustainable development of the Grevena hospital

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 operate 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 microsociety while meeting fiscal targets. The rational for this project was the unsustainable, non-efficient and uncontrolled use of energy and water in the everyday operation of the hospital.

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 impressively 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 water were expected to be saved. Another success was the awareness raising among the hospital's microsociety since the staff was mobilized under common goals.

The project became very successful because it vividly portrayed the ability of a small, local microsociety, 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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The Grevena Hospital was operated in an unsustainable and inefficient way, using large amounts of energy and water in the everyday operation of the hospital. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Greece implemented a holistic strategy in order to cut down the waste of energy and water, delivering impressive results. Congratulations on your initiative!

Capital: Athens
Official language: Greek
Total area: 131.990 km²
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GDP/Capita/Year: $27.875
Source: Wikipedia 2012