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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 265-274

Integrating the hospital sector into the UAE's Green Economy Strategy


Department of Healthcare Management, School of Health and Environmental Studies, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, Dubai Academic City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Niyi Awofeso
Department of Healthcare Management, School of Health and Environmental Studies, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, Dubai Academic City, PO Box 71400, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.7707/hmj.477

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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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