Energy efficient healthcare

How can we reduce the energy consumption in healthcare?

Energy efficient healthcare

How can we reduce the energy consumption in healthcare?


Region Stockholm aims to reduce the energy consumption in healthcare properties by 10% from 2011-2021 and 30% to 2030. There is however no unified system to measure, analyze and coordinate the total energy use for both property and the healthcare operations which are undertaken.

The project will develop digital solutions enabling analysis of energy use for both property management and healthcare operations.

Project Energy efficient healthcare is a collaboration between Region Stockholm with Locum and Danderyds sjukhus, KTH, Vattenfall, Ericsson and Telia. 

A pre-study has been completed, in collaboration with Vinnova. The innovation project under way is funded by ViableCities, a strategic innovation program supported by Vinnova, Energimyndigheten and Formas.

Per-Olof Nylén, Vattenfall

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Energy in Region Stockholm’s properties for both operations and the running of the properties themselves must be reduced by 10 per cent by 2021 and by 30 per cent by 2030, in comparison with 2011. The Energy Efficient Healthcare project is being implemented in conjunction with KTH and  a number of technology companies as an element in achieving this goal.

Energy use in the county’s hospitals is currently governed through a property perspective, and is not based to any major extent on the healthcare operation’s energy requirement. The project will test new digital solutions for energy use in a more coherent and sustainable system. A goal is also to increase knowledge of how energy is used and how energy consumption can be made more efficient.

Pilot at Danderyd hospital

The project started with the installation of sensors and a technical platform which collects information about energy usage from both operations and the property itself. The pilot is being conducted at the sterilisation centre, the sterile storage area and the PCI-lab which performs coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention. The data is subsequently analysed and the technology is optimised prior to continued data collection. The analyses will form the basis for research and scientific reports. The goal is to produce a method for further development of digital solutions which can deliver more efficient energy use.

Partnership with cutting-edge skills

The project is a collaboration between Region Stockholm with Locum and Danderyd Hospital, KTH, Vattenfall, Ericsson and Telia. A partnership with cutting-edge skills within healthcare processes, measuring systems, analysis, visualisation, technology platforms, cyber security and energy supply. The project is supported by the innovation programme Viable Cities, with funding from Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas.

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