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Integrating the hospital sector into UAE’s Green Economy Strategy
The UAE’s Green Economy Strategy seeks to balance economic growth with environmental conservation and social inclusiveness. Focusing on innovation and sustainable pathways, UAE’s Green Economy Strategy seeks opportunities for economic growth, to improve community well-being and protect environmental health through green jobs and renewable energy projects, while reducing water security risks and assuring social equity. The growing hospital sector in the UAE is both a threat to and an opportunity for achieving the objectives of the Green Economy Strategy. Hospital-based health care requires substantial amounts of energy and generates large quantities of greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce the carbon footprint of hospitals requires reductions in waste and energy use, and regenerative hospital designs that not only enhance the capability to sustain life and health, but also offset some of the energy and environmental losses consequent to hospital care provision. Incorporation of hospitals into the UAE’s Green Economy Strategy will facilitate the well-being outputs of the strategy, while promoting social inclusiveness, economic growth and environmental health.
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