New Energy Can Improve Global Health Care
Will Renewable Energy Transform Health Care?
Jane Marsh, April 12, 2021 (AltEnergyMag)
“…Renewables can benefit any industry, but their impact on the medical sector could be transformative. The efficiency and flexibility of renewable energy could make healthcare more affordable and accessible on top of the usual sustainability improvements…The sector accounts for 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., thanks to its massive energy needs…[And medical] organizations generate a considerable amount of waste…Renewable energy won’t lessen the waste problem, but it will help mitigate its impact... With renewables, hospitals would generate much of their own energy instead of buying it from a utility company…
…[S]olar windows can generate green power while providing more natural light. Studies show that patients exposed to natural light take 22% less pain medication per hour… [That] could make treatment more affordable…Solar panels and turbines don't require a connection to an electrical grid, making energy more flexible…[allowing] care in remote areas away from reliable electrical infrastructure…[and providing] backup energy for those without a reliable grid…[making health care] far more accessible…[Solar-powered refrigeration can allow the safe transport of vaccines and other] sensitive medical supplies safely…If more medical organizations embraced renewable energy, the industry would become more sustainable, affordable, accessible, and responsive…” click here for more