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Reducing energy at children's hospital

  • The Bethesda Children's Hospital has installed a new energy system that will reduce both the hospital's costs and energy consumption with 20 per cent.

    By implementing a completely new system for providing the hospital’s buildings with energy for heating and cooling, the Bethesda Children’s Hospital has made a conscious choice to reduce costs, save energy and decrease the hospital’s CO2 emissions.

    Thanks to a € 700.000 grant from Norway, the hospital managed to install the new system within six months and while the hospital was fully operational. The completed project was celebrated with a conference in April.

    Sustainable energy consumption

    As a result of the complex technological solutions and the state of the art control system, based on several different energy sources (such as heat pumps and solar collectors), the hospital can mobilise the most efficient energy source at any given time, depending on seasonal needs, time of day and weather conditions. This has resulted in a more environmentally friendly and sustainable energy consumption.

    "Implementing a completely new energy system is not only in the best interest of the hospital, but it also serves our common interests and contributes to reaching our common goals, as there is no denying that environmental problems arising from CO2 emissions are extensive, serious and transferable to the next generation," said the Norwegian ambassador to Hungary, Siri Ellen Sletner.

    State Secretary for health policy at the Hungarian Ministry of National Resources, Miklós Szócska, took time to emphasise that the Norway Grants project is a pilot project that hopefully will work as an inspiration to other hospitals in Hungary. "Not only will the project be an inspiration to reducing the hospitals’ costs but also to make the hospitals more efficient", said Szócska.

    Photo: Guri Merete Smenes, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Budapest

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    Project title:

    Use of renewable and alternative energy sources at Bethesda Hospital.

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Environment and sustainable development



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project duration:

    19 months

    Project cost:

    € 819,032

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    08 July 2009

    The purpose of the Project is to reduce the consumption of traditional energy, increase the use of renewable energy sources and install energy efficient measures at the Bethesda Hospital, with the overall objective of protecting the environment through reduction of CO2 emissions. Reference is made to the application dated 13 May 2008, and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    1. Purchase and installation of gas engine system, sun collector system and heat pump system;

    2. Development and reconstruction of heating and cooling system (air-conditioning) and domestic hot water system;

    3. Establishment of energy optimization system for building engineering and thermoinsulation of building (replacement of doors and windows);

    4. Project management and publicity activities.

    The Project Promoter is the Bethesda Hospital Foundation.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that theProject Promoter provides at least 10 percent of the estimated eligible project cost.