Ontario is investing in hospitals to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and redirect savings into patient care across the province.
Today (Friday), Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West, was at Campbellford Memorial Hospital (CMH), to announce the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program. This program will help hospitals save energy and encourage the use of more renewable energy technologies. CMH is receiving funding for energy-efficiency projects, as follows:
$300,000 to replace the carrier liquid
$300,000 for heat generating systems
This year, Ontario is funding 180 projects at 98 hospitals across the province, including 117 heating, ventilation 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 of taking about 40,000 vehicles off our roads. By 2020-21, it is estimated that over $60 million will be generated in annual energy-related savings.
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.