• Staff writer


Updated: Jan 25, 2021

Dr Richard Friedland, CEO of the Netcare Group, recently announced that Netcare had received four gold medals in the global 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge Awards. The awards were received in the categories of greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy, climate resilience and climate leadership.

Since the launch of Netcare’s environmental sustainability programme in 2013, the group has placed considerable emphasis on optimising this aspect of its operations and improving energy efficiencies at its facilities throughout South Africa. "We are most gratified for the international acknowledgement of Netcare’s leading role in advancing environmental sustainability in the healthcare sector."

According to Friedland, the group’s energy efficiency and renewable energy projects have achieved a 24% decrease in energy consumed from the national grid and have contributed savings of more than R492 million. To date, Netcare has completed more than 12MWp of solar photo voltaic installations and replaced more than 140 000 lights with energy efficient alternatives, whilst continuously optimising its domestic hot water and HVAC plants across all its facilities.

The Netcare environmental sustainability team is continuously looking for new, innovative opportunities to optimise the group’s facilities in environmentally friendly ways and has committed to reducing its absolute scope 1 and 2 emissions by more than 28% by 2030, in line with Science Based Targets initiative, which aims to limit the increase in global warming to 2%. This is in line with the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge was organised by Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, which was launched at the Paris Climate Conference in 2015. Netcare was one of five founding participants in Africa.


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