These 9 projects have been shortlisted for the “Citizen’s Award” by a panel of National Contact Points. Now it is your turn to vote!
Select below your favorite candidate for the “LIFE Citizen’s Prize” from one of the three categories and cast your vote from 8 April to 16 May.
The winning project will be rewarded during the LIFE Awards ceremony on 16 May 2019, as part of
the EU Green Week 2019, Europe’s biggest environmental event.
Project: LIFE SMART Hospital
Description: The main goal of the LIFE SMART Hospital project was to increase the resilience of hospitals to climate change by developing action plans dealing with energy, water and waste. The approach would be demonstrated at the Hospital Universitario Rio Hortega (HURH), in Valladolid (Spain). This large hospital has around 2 500 staff and is used by some 700 000 patients each year. To improve energy performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 2012 EU Energy Efficiency Directive, HURH would install high-efficiency incinerators, improve the performance of boilers and management of lighting, install LED lighting in emergency rooms, improve ventilation systems or install a heat recovery system in operating theatres, and carry out an energy audit to assess recovery system in operating theatres, and carry out an energy audit to assess the impact of these measures. Water-saving measures in line with the objectives of the Water Framework Directive would include the installation of flow-control devices or dialysis water reuse, improvement to onsite wastewater treatment before discharge into public sewers and water bodies and a new system to control water consumption. A water audit at the hospital would be used to assess the impact of these measures. Measures carried out in alignment with the Waste Framework Directive and Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive would include better sorting, separation and collection of hospital waste, and systems for tracing waste, implemented through customised staff training. A waste audit would be carried out to find out how effective these measures had been. In addition, to these actions, LIFE SMART Hospital would also create a network of experts in sustainable management of hospitals.