India’s healthcare giant, Apollo Hospitals, has embarked on an ambitious journey to combat climate change through a collaboration with Smart Joules. The partnership aims to dramatically reduce carbon emissions by 2,90,000 tons over the next decade across 18 Apollo Hospitals in India.
This initiative reflects India’s broader commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2070, as pledged at COP26. The country has established an ambitious target to reduce carbon emissions by a billion tonnes by 2030 and to develop a 500 GW non-fossil energy capacity.
Smart Joules’ JoulePAYS solution is the keystone of this initiative. JoulePAYS is designed for retrofitting existing buildings and factories to make them more energy-efficient. It’s a pay-as-you-save model, which means clients can achieve substantial energy savings without any upfront investment.
Apollo Hospitals has wasted no time in integrating JoulePAYS into its operations. Within the first four months, 235 energy conservation measures have been implemented, projected to result in savings of over 235 million kWh and INR 2 billion by 2030.
But what does this mean for the healthcare sector?
For one, it demonstrates that sustainability and healthcare excellence can go hand in hand. Through the integration of energy-efficient systems, hospitals can reduce their carbon footprint while still providing world-class healthcare services.
Speaking about the initiative, Dr. K Hariprasad, President of Apollo Hospitals, emphasized that this move is beneficial not just for the organization but also for patients and the environment. He expressed his hopes that this initiative would inspire other healthcare providers to join the green revolution.
Smart Joules CEO, Arjun P. Gupta, spoke passionately about the company’s mission to assist Indian businesses in achieving sustainable development goals through energy efficiency. By 2030, Smart Joules aims to help reduce 29 million tons of carbon emissions.
This collaboration reflects a broader global trend of businesses acknowledging and taking responsibility for their environmental impact. The healthcare sector, in particular, has a crucial role to play in this. As large consumers of energy, hospitals that adopt sustainable practices can have a significant impact on national and global carbon reduction goals.
By embracing innovative solutions like JoulePAYS, Apollo Hospitals has positioned itself as a pioneer in sustainable healthcare. This is a giant leap in the right direction and a robust model for others to follow.