The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, has commissioned a biomass boiler to power its heating system, abandoning diesel as the source of energy for the boiler.
The hospital said the biomass facility will reduce its annual consumption of diesel by 860,000 litres.
The utilisation of briquettes and other waste sources will result in substantial carbon emission reductions, it added, with an estimated saving of more than 2000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.
These emissions, on a monthly basis, are equivalent to driving back and forth between Nairobi and Mombasa over 700 times in an average-sized car, added the hospital.
The new boiler will generate steam for the hospital's water heating, laundry, cooking, and sterilisation services.
Speaking during the commissioning of the project, CEO Rashid Khalani said that, given the effects of climate change: “it is imperative that organisations consider the environmental impact of their operations and address the sources of emissions."
“Primarily hospitals exist to nurture human health. However, we also know that climate change increases the risk of illness. It therefore goes without saying, that healthcare institutions have a responsibility to nurture the wellbeing of the environment," said Khalani.
As part of the Aga Khan Development Network's unwavering commitment to combat the negative impacts of climate change, organisations within the network have committed to achieve net zero emissions by 2030.
“Aga Khan University (AKU) and its hospitals have lined up several initiatives to meet this goal and this project is among them. As we continue to strive towards excellence in education, research and healthcare, we will also lead by example in reducing our environmental impact," said AKU Vice Chancellor, Dr Sulaiman Shahabuddin.
Last year, the Hospital installed a 100KWp solar-powered plant that offsets grid power at the Doctor's Plaza building. This has reduced an average of 96,000 kgs of carbon emissions yearly.
“All our new energy projects will be 100% renewable. All our new buildings are also constructed in line with green building guidelines that aim to reduce emissions and make savings in energy and water usage," said Dr Shahabuddin, adding that the institution was in the advanced stages of rolling out similar environmentally conscious projects.