TORONTO — Ontario’s new Hospital Energy Efficiency Program will help hospitals improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and redirect savings into patient care across the province.
According to a release issued by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario is investing $64 million in the program this year.
Overall, the province is funding 180 projects at 98 hospitals this year, including 117 heating, ventilation and air conditioning projects, 35 lighting projects and 28 projects that address other energy efficiency needs at hospitals.
The Hospital for Sick Children will be receiving funding for 10 energy-efficiency projects.
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 to taking about 40,000 vehicles off the roads, adds the release.
By 2020-21, it is estimated that over $60 million will be generated in annual energy-related savings.