UAE – Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has achieved and exceeded specific environmental targets as the focus of the global community turns to the annual United Nations climate meeting for solutions to interconnected challenges.
In a news release, Dr. Jorge Guzman, Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, said: “Through our commitment to socially responsible practices, we aim for sustainability excellence and support healthcare facilities in the region to surpass sustainability targets.”
Key milestones of the multispeciality hospital include an 11.3% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the baseline year.
The hospital also achieved other sustainability milestones such as a 100% landscape waste recycling rate, purchase of local green produce over imports where possible, and utilization of 100% FSC-certified paper.
Additionally, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has embarked on recapitalization efforts encompassing proactive equipment and facility retrofits, and air exchange rebalancing in operating theatres.
The wide array of recapitalization initiatives has resulted in a remarkable 10% reduction in energy consumption by cost, marking a substantial step toward a more sustainable operating environment.
Moreover, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has set ambitious targets for 2030, including an 18% reduction in energy consumption compared to the 2017 baseline.
The hospital also aims to increase waste recycling by up to 30%, and have a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 21%.
“At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, we are dedicated to sustainability and world-class healthcare. We take responsibility for addressing climate change, aligning with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi’s emission reduction goals and global sustainability standards,” reflected Dr. Jorge Guzman.
What’s more, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s dedication to sustainability has earned recognition from regional and global organizations.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, in partnership with Emirates Nature-WWF, has joined the UAE Alliance for Climate Action (UACA) Advisory Committee.
This strategic move is anticipated to further enhance climate action within the United Arab Emirates, and consequently, contribute to the ambitious UAE Net Zero 2050 goal.
On top of this, the hospital received Recognition Certificates for Sustainability Reporting at the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Business Leadership Forum 2023.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and its recently launched Fatima bint Mubarak Center achieved LEED Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council.
Furthermore, the Arab Hospitals Federation (AHF) awarded the Gold Initiative Certificate to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi for its leadership in driving change within the healthcare sector.
The AHF recognition is a clear reflection of the hospital’s dedication to fostering healthy communities, enhancing environmental impact, promoting innovative models of care, and championing sustainability across nine Arab countries.
Commenting on the need for accelerated sustainability endeavours by health facilities, Dr. Jorge Guzman stressed: “One of the biggest health threats facing humanity today is climate change, and if grouped as a country, the healthcare industry would be the fifth largest contributor to global carbon emissions.”
It should be pointed out that Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a part of the M42 network, the Principal Health Partner of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
The hospital provides patients in the Arab countries with direct access to the world-class healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care that includes state-of-the-art amenities and world-class service standards closer to home.
In the run-up to the COP28 climate summit, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi released its decarbonization and sustainability efforts.
These focused efforts attest to the hospital’s unwavering commitment to prioritize the well-being of patients, caregivers, and the community, in alignment with the Abu Dhabi Environment Vision 2030.