Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has announced that its domestic water consumption has gone down by 30% in the nine months to the end of September 2017.
A report released by the hospital’s in-house sustainability team revealed that monthly water usage within the hospital fell from 28,787m3 in December 2016 to 19,830m3 in September 2017.
In a statement, the hospital noted that its water savings is more than four Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of water per month.
This means that Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, in the first nine months of the year, saved more than 20 million gallons of water, which is enough to fill 400,000 baths or nearly 40 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
According to the hospital, it was able to achieve the reduction by using condensate water from air conditioning systems for irrigation and by changing the plant mix in its grounds to include more native species.
These measures reportedly decreased irrigation water use from 3,978m3 in December 2016 to 1,092m3 in September 2017, saving the equivalent of nearly two Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of water a month.
Moreover, the hospital revealed that it has started using solar water heaters to meet 70% of its hot water demand, noting that the switch is expected to result in AED750,000 worth of annual savings on utility bills, in addition to slashing the hospital’s carbon footprint.
Mawadhah Al Hashemi, sustainability manager at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, commented: “Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi was designed to meet the highest sustainability standards in the GCC.
“In the journey of sustainability, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. We are constantly looking for ways to innovate and reduce our use of resources, including water and electricity.”
“The healthcare industry globally is one of the most resource-intensive commercial occupiers in the world, and I am very proud our hospital continues to work hard every day to become more environmentally sustainable,” he added.
In 2014, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi became the largest GCC hospital to be awarded a LEED Gold certificate for new construction.
This year, it became one of the first hospitals in the MENA region to use a greenhouse gas tool to quantify and log the exact amounts of greenhouse gas emissions the hospital produces.
“By highlighting the sustainability results that Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi achieves throughout the year, we hope that others in the healthcare sector will take their own steps to reduce water and energy consumption, and find new ways to become more resource-efficient in their operations,” said Al Hashemi.