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Hospitals require a great deal of energy and water. In order to create awareness for the economical use of resources, we launched an environmental campaign within HELIOS.

The structural condition of a hospital building has an important influence on energy consumption. HELIOS invests in environmental protection through structural measures on an ongoing basis. All new construction projects and modernizations conform to the latest standards of efficient heat insulation pursuant to the currently valid energy savings regulations. In 2013, maintenance costs were €106 million (2012: €110 million).

HELIOS is successively switching the heating for its hospitals over to renewable energies, for instance wood pellets. This form of heating is CO2-neutral and therefore more environmentally friendly than gas or oil heating. A total of 12 hospitals generate a part of the heat needed from renewable energies. Where it makes commercial sense, we are converting our hospitals to wood pellet heating or combined heat and power plants. Thanks to the steps already taken, we generated approximately 13,100 t less CO2 in 2013 than with the old oil- and gas-fired heating systems. We assume that there will be a further 10,000 t reduction of CO2 in 2014, virtually doubling the total reduction.

Water consumption in all HELIOS hospitals was 2,805,000 m³ (2012: 1,984,000 m³). The majority of all water is consumed for sterilization processes, process cooling, and water recycling plants. To reduce consumption, some hospitals are using well water, for instance for the cooling towers of air-conditioning systems.

Proper waste disposal is of great importance to hospitals. HELIOS views waste disposal management as a process. It starts with avoiding any future waste, and ends with the consistent recycling or environmentally friendly disposal of the same. Requirements pertaining to environmental protection, occupational health and safety, as well as infection protection and hospital hygiene are taken into account. That relates particularly to major waste groups such as clinical waste, i. e., from the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. In 2013, the total amount of waste generated in all HELIOS hospitals was 12,845 t (2012: 12,593 t).

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