Eight hospitals nationwide took part in ‘The BIG Switch Off’ and demonstrated the positive impact individual actions can have in reducing healthcare's carbon footprint. Over a period of just three days, the hospitals saved enough electricity to run 97 standard Irish homes for a month.
University Hospital Galway was named winner of ‘The BIG Switch Off’ at an awards ceremony in Dublin, today. They implemented an outstanding staff awareness campaign and reduced their energy consumption by 10% during the competition period of the October bank holiday weekend.
‘The BIG Switch Off’, run by the Office of Public Works (OPW) in collaboration with HSE Estates, empowered hospital staff to take control of the energy consumed in their workplace by imbedding energy saving habits into their daily routine.
More than 2,000 hospital staff signed a pledge to make an extra effort to switch off non-essential equipment, making a positive contribution in preventing wasted energy which contributes to the ongoing climate emergency.
Congratulating all of the hospitals on their achievements, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, said:
Conor Clarke, Senior Engineer OPW, said:
Speaking about their win Marion Grady, Environmental and Waste Management Coordinator at University Hospital Galway said:
The eight Hospitals that took place in ‘The Big Switch Off’ Competition were:
Combined, the hospitals saved enough electricity to power an average operating theatre for 184 days or to power 404 incubators for a week.