Several hospitals join Rotterdam Climate Agreement

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Several Rotterdam’s healthcare institutions have joined the Rotterdam Climate Agreement and committed themselves to significantly reducing their CO2 emissions and environmental pollution, it was announced on the official website of the Dutch city.

The Rotterdam Climate Agreement was drafted by more than 100 Rotterdam’s companies and institutions back in 2019 with a goal to enable the key parties to work together towards Rotterdam Climate Objectives

The climate agreement aims to achieve a trend break in CO2 emissions within four years, as well as reach a 49.6% decrease in CO2 emissions in 2030 compared to 1990, among other things. Furthermore, the agreement supports Rotterdam’s other sustainability goals, and is meant to ensure the city’s general economic and social development.

The institutions that have now joined the programmer include several Rotterdam’s hospitals: Maasstad Hospital, Erasmus MC, Ikazia, The Rotterdam Eye Hospital, Franciscus Gasthuis and Vlietland and the Rijndam Rehabilitation Center care institution.

The hospitals will attempt to produce less waste, among other things. The processing of medical waste from operating rooms accounts for over 80% of hospital emissions. Each year, operating rooms are estimated to produce 1.3 million kilos of hospital waste. Surgical sheets, medical equipment, and face masks are the most common examples, all of which are meant for single use.

Healthcare institutions and hospitals consume a lot of energy, food and raw materials. The sector is responsible for about seven percent of total CO2 emissions, which has negative effects on human health and the environment. I am pleased that the six major healthcare institutions in the city are joining forces to achieve our climate goals, said Arno Bonte, Rotterdam’s alderman for sustainability, air quality and energy transition.

Making a move towards sustainable materials and energy is something that healthcare facilities will be working on in the upcoming period. Furthermore, reducing raw material waste has been named one of the top priorities. (photo credit: erasmusmc. nl)