How Renewable Energy can transform healthcare

The potency and versatility of renewable energy could make healthcare more affordable and accessible. Healthcare industry happens to be one of the largest energy consumers across the globe.

The healthcare sector has been and always will be open to technological growth and innovation. In addition, the healthcare industry is often a forerunner at climate change meetings and summits, mainly because the change in climate and anything that has an adverse effect on human health directly affects the healthcare sector. Moreover, the healthcare industry happens to be one of the largest energy consumers across the globe. Hence moving more towards renewable energy sources helps the healthcare industry in two folds.

Renewable energy can profit any industry, but its impact on the healthcare sector could be metamorphic. The potency and versatility of renewable energy could make healthcare more affordable and accessible.

Renewable energy will help the Healthcare sector get one step closer to being sustainable.

The healthcare sector produces large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. The enormous machines and equipment that need to be operational all day long have massive energy needs. Renewable energy will not diminish the healthcare industry's waste dilemma, but it will help alleviate its impact. Reducing the healthcare sector's emissions still represents a noteworthy advancement in sustainability in healthcare. These renewable energy technologies can do more than make the industry more eco-friendly.

Renewable energy can help the healthcare industry lower expenses, resulting in lower medical costs.

With renewable energy resources, hospitals would alternatively generate their energy requirements instead of purchasing from a utility company. Considering how much power the healthcare sector needs to operate daily, a minimal modification in energy bills would signify tangible savings. In addition, renewable energy sources like solar windows generate green power while contributing more natural light. Technologies like thermal heat pumps can also help keep the room temperature at the desired temperature much cheaper by transferring thermal energy. Healthcare is a notably expensive industry. By reducing overhead costs through renewable energy sources, hospitals could make patient care more affordable.

Renewable energy sources can help make healthcare more accessible.

One of the most significant issues rural India still faces is not having access to dependable energy sources. The outcome of which is often inadequate healthcare provisions. Renewable energy sources can provide power virtually anywhere. In addition, these energy sources do not require a nexus to an electrical grid, making energy more flexible. This versatility could help medical organizations provide healthcare in remote areas away from constant electrical infrastructure.

Renewable energy sources can produce the power requirements for those areas without a stable energy provider and help give power supply to off-grid sites and areas. Doctors in these areas could then ensure they can offer patients the care they need.

Renewable energy sources would permit patients in isolated areas to avail cutting-edge, life-saving medical technologies. They can also help convey medical supplies safely. For example, vaccines often require temperature-sensitive storage temperatures, which have proven difficult to maintain over a long journey. Solar panels on transportation devices could guarantee refrigeration and portable solar cold storage units do not dissipate power, keeping them safe as organizations deliver them with zero electricity need.

Renewable energy reliant hospitals show improved performance.

Research administered by the Council on Energy Environment and Water (CEEW), supported by Oxfam India evaluated the role of electricity access on healthcare consequences in rural India. The research showed that, on average, health facilities with solar power panels attended up to 50% more out-patients each month, handled up to 50% more institutional deliveries, accepted a more significant number of in-patients, and implemented round-the-clock services. This was accurate even for health centres with an electricity supply of fewer than 20 hours per day. In addition, staff from the health centres had positive perceptions of such systems. For example, about 98% of staff reported lower disruptions in day-to-day functioning and 80% reported savings in electricity costs.

The governments also support the development and utilization of renewable energy sources.

In an endeavour to promote organizations and associations to shift to renewable energy sources, the governments of many countries offer multiple benefits and obligations to those investing in switching their energy dependency to renewable energy sources. The government has been supporting renewable energy adoption in industries to a great extent with schemes like RPO (Renewable Purchase Obligation), JNNSM (Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission), National Hydrogen Mission etc. With the support and backing from the government to invest in incorporating renewable energy sources into their daily operations, more healthcare providing institutes are open to making the shift towards a more reliable, cost-effective and sustainable form of energy.

While switching to renewable energy sources can prove to help save the healthcare industry money, it has also proven to help make the healthcare sector more sustainable and lower its carbon footprint in the long run. In addition, renewable energy sources have also proven to help reduce the rising cost of healthcare and empower more people to access the healthcare they need. Renewable energy can profit all industries, but it can transform the healthcare industry ultimately to benefit the industry itself, the ordinary people, and the environment.

This article was originally published by HealthWorld.com