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Sustainable care is given impetus with pilots for nutrition, waste and maintenance – Insurance for Pets



Making healthcare more sustainable is given a boost with three special pilots aimed at nutrition (less meat), better separation of plastic waste and the importance of proper maintenance of technical installations. The projects are part of the Climate neutral and circular procurement in healthcare program, which is aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and stimulating circular working in healthcare. The implementation takes place under the direction of Intrakoop, on behalf of the Sustainable Care Program in the context of the Green Deal Sustainable Care (a collaboration between sector organizations in healthcare and the national government).

The raw materials agreement states that the Netherlands must be 50% circular by 2030. According to the agreements in the climate agreement, CO2 emissions must be 49% less in the same year. Healthcare also contributes to the realization of these objectives. In recent years, considerable investments have been made to make healthcare ‘greener’. At the same time, due to the nature of the work and their size, healthcare providers remain major consumers of energy, water, food, materials and raw materials.

The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has commissioned Intrakoop to conduct three pilots to stimulate sustainability in healthcare in the areas of nutrition, waste and maintenance. The needs of the healthcare organizations participating in the pilots are the starting point.

Sharing knowledge and insights also plays an important role. “A great challenge, which we are working on together with our members in the healthcare sector and some external knowledge partners,” says Ruud Plu, director / director of Intrakoop. « And we set the bar high: before 1 July 2021 there must be a practical and proven approach that allows all healthcare organizations to take steps to make their business operations more sustainable. »

Less meat, more vegetable food

The pilot on nutrition focuses on more plant-based nutrition in the menus for patients and clients. Good nutrition is very important to them when it comes to health, but also to the perception of their care situation. Meat still often plays a major role in this. At the same time, meat has a great impact on the environment. The aim of this pilot is to get healthcare institutions to use less animal and more plant-based food, thus reducing CO2 emissions. Participants in this pilot will gain insight into the sustainability and CO2 emissions of their food and drink purchases. Use is made of the Sustainable & Healthy Care Monitor of Foodstep and Intrakoop.

In addition, there is collaboration with external nutrition experts such as Stichting Food & Welfare on alternative menus that are tested on location. The results, approach and menus are then available to the entire care.

Separate waste differently

Environmental benefits are also the goal in the pilot aimed at separating PMD waste (plastic, metal and drinking cartons). Together with healthcare organizations, suppliers and RIVM, a practical approach is being developed to organize the waste flow in such a way that PMD waste is better separated and structurally produces more reusable granulate (granules that can be used as raw material for new products). This means that less new granulate is needed, which reduces CO2 emissions – necessary for the production of new granulate – and the demand for natural resources such as oil.

Better maintenance means less energy waste

Because about 70% of all heating and cooling installations do not work properly, there is often a poor indoor climate and waste of (energy) costs. This is shown by research by TNO. In this pilot, Intrakoop works together with healthcare organizations, installers and external knowledge partners towards a sustainable (maintenance) contract for these installations. This standard contract must comply with NEN and ISSO legislation and guidelines and be usable for all healthcare organizations. In this way it contributes to the ultimate goal of this pilot: less energy consumption and CO2 emissions, but also more comfort and quality of the indoor climate in healthcare organizations.

The Climate-neutral and circular procurement program is financed, among other things, from the climate envelope of the national government and is part of the Green Deal Sustainable Care. In addition to these three pilots, it includes workshops on climate-neutral and circular procurement and the conference Sustainable purchasing in healthcare on March 4, 2021, which Intrakoop organizes together with VWS, Milieu Platform Zorg, MVO Nederland and Nevi.

Source: Intracope

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