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Health Ministry Wants To Implement Energy Saving Measures In Hospitals

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KUANTAN – The Ministry of Health wants to save electricity at government hospitals to reduce operating costs and to preserve the environment, said its secretary-general Datuk Dr Chen Chaw Min.

He said through energy efficiency measures and renewable energy, between 20 to 30 per cent of the original energy consumption can be saved for each hospital.

“The hospital is the largest facility using electrical energy as it works 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Most of the usage is attributed to the high capacity centralised air- conditioning system and high tech medical equipment such as the computerised tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

“We can implement a similar energy saving formula as done at Putrajaya Hospital using the Energy Performance Contractor (EPC) method which can save up to RM1 million a year,” he told reporters here, Saturday.

Dr Chen said this at the launch of the Ministry of Health Engineers’ Conference (MOHEC) 2015 themed ‘Green Healthcare Facility For A Better Tomorrow’.

He said if the EPC method could be implemented in 55 hospitals nationwide, RM40 million could be saved annually.

“With the current economy situation which is not very good and cost-cutting measures, this is also a very good way to achieve the objectives of preserving the environment,” he said.

He said the move was also in line with the government’s commitment to making Malaysia a developed nation by 2020 with emphasis on sustainable development and, at the same time, not neglecting the ecosystem and biodiversity which are important national assets. – BERNAMA

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