An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Barry Saul presented the hospital with the certification and said “It is a great privilege to award the EcoMerit Environmental Certification to the Blackrock Clinic which has not only excelled in the efficient management and use of resources but is also the first hospital in the country to achieve this certification which is in keeping with its long standing reputation for innovation.”
EcoMerit is an environmental initiative supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. It helps companies to reduce environmentally damaging waste, water and energy outputs, while increasing energy efficiencies and recycling.
Blackrock Clinic achieved the reduced outputs and the EcoMerit Certification by:
1) Fine tuning power usage where possible. Hospitals have intensive energy requirements overall. Specific areas, for example, operating theatres, can switch automatically to standby when not in use. This feature was fitted in the appropriate areas within the hospital’s €145m expansion programme and retrofitted in existing areas where it was needed.
2) A programme was put in place for the replacement of fluorescent, halogen or tungsten lamps with LED lighting which uses less energy and requires less maintenance and cooling costs.
3) Introduction of a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit which makes use of excess energy produced and directs it elsewhere in the hospital system where it is of value.
4) Installation of energy efficient motors which are valuable due to their controllability. These motors can be adapted to match and provide the exact energy requirements of specific areas without producing unwanted waste energy.
Bryan Harty, CEO of Blackrock Clinic said: “A modern high-tech hospital which is evolving with modern medicine has intense energy requirements throughout. By ensuring that equipment is only consuming energy when in use and routinely monitoring our outputs, the environmental and financial reductions are considerable”.
Michael McGowan, Facility and Projects Manager at Blackrock Clinic also commented:
“In all our activities, we aim to be an environmentally responsible member of the community we serve. Our programme to reduce our environmental outputs has shown reductions in our electricity, gas, oil and water usage. We segregate our waste to maximise recycling, and clinical and laboratory waste is subject to stringent control, with a specialist contractor engaged for its safe and secure disposal”.