Participation in the Technology and Innovation Forum

bohealth event 1Last November, BOHEALTH project participated in the Technology and Innovation Forum held at the Center for Industrial Companies of Can Roqueta in Sabadell (Catalonia). The event was organized by the city of Sabadell, the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona) Research Park (PRUAB), and the Energy Efficiency Cluster of Catalonia. Companies, institutions and research centers had the opportunity to exchange knowledge and to develop their network of contacts.

bohealth event 2The technological centre Leitat presented BOHEALTH as an example of an innovative project identifying energy consumption and promoting energy efficiency.

During the event, bilateral meetings took place between companies and research centers, during which participants had the opportunity to identify synergies.

FIFTH GENERAL MEETING OF BOHEALTH PROJECT

On the 8th of October the fifth general meeting of BOHEALTH project consortium was held in LEITAT Technological Center facilities, in Terrassa. The members of the consortium, the monitor of the LIFE+ program and Dr. Francesc Castells from the Rovira i Virgili Univerisity, as a member of the advisory board, attended to the meeting.

In the first part of meeting, SIMPPLE, as technical coordinator of the project, presented a general overview of the project and its status. Then, the on-line tool elaborated in Bohealth project was presented, which will support the decision-making process in healthcare centers with the aim to minimize environmental impacts. The tool has been already implemented in two healthcare centers from Fundació Hospital Sant Pau i Santa Tecla: Centre de Llevant en Tarragona and Hospital del Vendrell. Moreover, the tool is being tested in other healthcare facilities that have shown their interest on the tool.

The Action Plans defined for the two pilots facilities were presented during the meeting. The Action Plans identify the improvement measures to be implemented, the responsibilities, as well as the time schedule for their implementation and the expected benefits.  

Next, LEITAT presented the methodology to monitor the environmental impact associated to the project, presenting the approach to be followed in the definition of the monitoring indicators and to conduct Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies.
Finally, communication and dissemination activities conducted in the project were presented. BOHEALTH took part in an Environmental Management Symposium (AGACS), which took place last May in Sevilla.

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The BOHEALTH Tool is now available

bohealth eina2The project consortium is proud to present the BOHEALTH tool, which will facilitate the decision-making process at health care centres. The tool is found at: http://bohealth.simpple.com.The tool makes it possible to assess the environmental impacts of health care centres, identifying those that are significant, and to determine the best available techniques for environmental improvement, as well as to define and implement an Improvement action plan and monitor it.

In the tool, you will find a series of modules based on the Continuous Improvement Cycle.

bohealth einaThe health care centre assessment module includes the description and assessment of the health care centre for its environmental improvement. To begin, enter the information for the centre, for its sections, and equipment. Afterwards, the tool will generate the distribution of energy, water, and waste consumption according to the uses (heating, air conditioning, etc.) in several different ways: preliminary results, overall results (of the entire centre), results by sections (individual analysis), balances (difference between actual and estimated consumption), and indicators (such as kWh/m2). This distribution also appears in terms of cost (€) and emissions (kg CO2 eq.)

The environmental aspects prioritisation module identifies and prioritises the health care centre's significant environmental aspects after assessment.

The BAT (best available techniques) prioritisation module makes it possible to identify and prioritise the best available techniques that can be applied to improve efficiency in the health care centre's performance, based on environmental and economic criteria. The tool provides examples on detailed fact sheets for user support.

The Action plan definition and monitoring module is used to define and monitor the Action plan for improvement of the centre's environmental performance.
The comparison study module makes it possible for the tool's user to make a comparison of the environmental performance between different centres and reference years, taking different environmental vectors into account: electrical power, thermal power, water, and waste.

If you represent a health care centre, give the tool a try!

You only have to register in order to download the trial version.

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