Farnek's Oberlin on sustainable FM in hospitals

The FM company’s CEO highlighted the possible savings that hospital operators could achieve through implementing efficient water, energy and waste management practices

Markus Oberlin, CEO of Farnek.
Markus Oberlin, CEO of Farnek.

Farnek CEO highlighted the benefits of adopting sustainable practices in hospitals at the recent Green Hospital Symposium.

Speaking at the event, which was held at the Saudi German Hospital in Dubai, Markus Oberlin, said: “Essentially hospitals are buildings that have been designed to provide healthcare facilities and services. However, the buildings operate like any other, especially in terms of facilities management, albeit with specialist health and safety, cleaning and waste management.”

The CEO went to explain that energy savings in hospitals could be realised through reducing carbon emissions. Electrical bills could be reduced up to 15% he suggested, through the monitoring of A/C modules.

“Following a survey we conducted after the last DEWA tariff increase, a city hotel in Dubai of around 35,000m2 today, would have an annual electricity bill of well over $1.4mn (AED 5.2 mn). Therefore, energy savings alone could be worth as much as $204,000 (AED 750,000) per annum,” commented Oberlin.

Another critical lies with the implementation of waste management initiatives, which can aid dramatically reducing medical hospital.

Currently it is estimated that hospitals and clinics produce roughly six tonnes of medical waste daily. This roughly equates to 120 tonnes per month.

Part of the answer to waste lies with outsourcing to facilities management firms who will then optimise the waste segregation process.

“Our operational audit team, highlight the areas where improvements can be made to essentially reduce the volume of waste generated that would ordinarily go to landfill. We also offer advice on responsible disposing and how to segregate waste efficiently, maximising the amount of cash rebates available from the companies that pick-up and dispose of waste,” concluded Oberlin.

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