Should medical imaging equipment be ENERGY STAR® certified?
With support from ENERGY STAR Canada and BC Hydro, researchers worked with Dr. Anthony (Tony) Easty – Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (University of Toronto), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), and three host hospitals: Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) in British Columbia, and Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and University Health Network (UHN).The study, which included multiple testing events for low power energy modes, standby/idle power modes and active/scanning energy modes, revealed positive findings in terms of energy reduction possibilities and a number of recommendations.
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A myriad of opportunities to reduce energy consumption and environmental impacts exist in health care facilities; for energy, many of these involve ENERGY STAR® qualified products and services. And while statistics show the majority of Canadians are familiar with the ENERGY STAR logo, many in the health services sector are not familiar with how ENERGY STAR can help play an integral part in a sound energy management plan for hospitals and long-term care homes.
What is ENERGY STAR® and What Does it Mean for Health Care?
ENERGY STAR is the international symbol of high energy efficiency and has been adopted by governments throughout the world thanks to international cooperation agreements. In Canada, the ENERGY STAR program is administered and promoted by Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency, which enrolls participants as well as promotes and monitors the use of ENERGY STAR symbol across Canada.
In addition to energy, carbon emissions and operating cost reductions, there are many other associated benefits to embracing environmental responsibility through ENERGY STAR, including more comfortable resident/patient care and staff working environment, improved quality of life for patients and clients, improved employee health and morale, reduced sick days, a stimulated local economy, improved overall facility infrastructure, enhanced employee knowledge and skills, and increased employee awareness which often translates to improved stewardship practices in their own households having an even greater environmental benefit.
Many of you are familiar with some of the more than 75 types of eligible product categories that span lighting and office equipment, heating and cooling, water heaters, doors and windows, residential and commercial appliances which include food service equipment, and a growing list of recently added products such as electric vehicle chargers, pool pumps and water coolers.
But there is more to ENERGY STAR than just highly energy efficient products – it offers a framework to better embrace energy efficient appliances, energy awareness training, and an opportunity to be recognized for energy reduction accomplishments. Look to ENERGY STAR also for a suite of services to help energy and facility managers mitigate energy costs and address preparedness for climate change resiliency.
ENERGY STAR® Participant
Any health care organisation wishing to take their energy efficiency commitment to the next level is encouraged to becoming a formal ENERGY STAR Participant - click HERE to find out more information.
Benefits include the ability to use the internationally-recognized ENERGY STAR Participant symbol to promote your commitment, opportunities for joint marketing and promotional campaigns, having your organisation profiled on the Canadian ENERGY STAR web site, heightened public image for your environmental leadership, support for implementing energy efficiency initiatives that save money and reduce GHG emissions, and access to additional training and print-ready promotional materials.
Implementing an ENERGY STAR procurement policy
Purchasing high efficiency products is an important element of successful energy management. Energy-efficient goods save money and that means they deliver good value—the hallmark of good procurement-- for your organisation.
ENERGY STAR makes it easy. The ENERGY STAR symbol does the legwork for you when it comes to looking for energy-efficient products and equipment. The familiar blue symbol instantly identifies models that are typically in the top 15-30% of their field in terms of energy performance. That typically translates into using 20-30% less energy than a standard model and up to 70% for some products.
Integrating ENERGY STAR into your procurement policy and practices is simple. ENERGY STAR tools, like the product finder, calculators and Rebate Finder help quantify savings to make the most cost-effective purchases and simplify the procurement process.
More specifically, the ENERGY STAR Calculators (the ENERGY STAR Simple Savings Calculator and the ENERGY STAR Summary Calculator) are tools helping procurement officials and others make a business case for buying ENERGY STAR certified products, by estimating energy and monetary savings over the projected lifetime of a product as compared to a non-ENERGY STAR certified product. The calculators allow users to calculate estimated:
- energy savings
- operating cost savings
- simple payback on investment
- greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions
- annual and product lifetime savings
The calculators consist of over 60 products in six product categories on an Excel® spreadsheet and are available on the NRCan Web site.
ENERGY STAR in health care food service
A survey conducted by the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care of Food Service Managers included questions on the type of equipment and appliances they had in their kitchens. Many hospital kitchen systems will be reassessed in coming years as the aging equipment will require updating. Planning for these new kitchen systems is currently underway in several facilities.
Learn how you could benefit from a better understanding of the benefits of selecting ENERGY STAR® qualified products.
Medical Imaging Equipment Energy Use Study
In 2016, the Coalition released: Medical Imaging Equipment Energy Use Study: Assessing Opportunities to Reduce Energy Consumption in the Health Care Sector, which was produced with funding from Natural Resources Canada and BC Hydro.
Together with our partner hospitals, energy consumption data were obtained from three types of medical imaging equipment:
- Computed Tomography (CT)
- General Radiography (X-ray)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
A number of recommendations were made including the development of purchasing guidelines, energy behaviour guidance directed at equipment users, optimizing energy consumption of cooling requirements, and the development of a Business Case for medical imaging equipment purchasing personnel.
ENERGY STAR® products are available in many consumer and business categories to help purchasers select the most energy efficiency products in a specific category. Currently, there is no ENERGY STAR® designation for high energy-consuming medical imaging equipment used in North American hospitals.
Fact Sheets from the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory:
- Healthcare Energy Metering Guidance
- Commissioning Existing Hospital Buildings Aids Peak Energy Performance
- Energy-Efficient Hospital Lighting Strategies Pay Off Quickly
- Integrated Building Design Critical to High-Performance Hospitals
- Hospitals Save Energy and Money by Optimizing HVAC Performance
- Hospitals Discover
Using CHP Systems
- Efficient Hospital Boilers Result in Financial, Environmental, and Safety Payoffs
- Hospitals Realize Greatest Savings Through Formal Energy Management Program
- EnergySmart Hospitals: Retrofitting Existing Facilities
Recordings of the two ENERGY STAR HELP webinars are available on YouTube:
Webinar #1: Introduction to ENERGY STAR HELP
Oct. 14, 2012
Both webinars are presented by Nicholas Cloet from My Sustainable Canada.
Additional Presentations (Slides Only):
Going Green in the Kitchen with ENERGY STAR Presentation by Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
Rating Hospital Energy & Environmental Performance by Enerlife Consulting
Renewable Energy for Hospitals and Health Care Providers: Solar, Wind and Cogeneration by Pepper Law
Using Real Data to Guide Energy Efficiency at SickKids Hospital by SickKids Hospital
Reducing Hospital Costs through Energy Efficiency by Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
Energy $aving $olutions for Hospitals by Texas Hospital Association
Hospitals: Healthy budgets through energy efficiency by U.K. Carbon Trust
Energy Efficiency and Conservation by University Health Network