2024: DesHealth – Report on emerging skills needs

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This report is part of the project DesHealth: A systemic design approach to education and training on sustainable healthcare.

The content of the report builds on joint research and interviews carried out by the project partners to understand the design and management issues of health systems, as well as to identify the professional competencies and green skills required by the health sector. Examples of good practices will be presented as references to current and workable cases of Sustainable Healthcare, with the goal of informing and inspiring future topics in education and training.

Responsible authors: Stiftelsen TEM (Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare) – Felicia Hedetoft and Daniel Eriksson

DesHealth is funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the National Agency Erasmus+ INDIRE. Neither the European Union nor INDIRE can be held responsible for them.

2024: Circle Health – Circular management in healthcare: Capacity building among healthcare workers

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The Erasmus + project Circle Health has made available this tool kit, which includes a guideline and best practices. Partners in the project are NCSH and the Association of Non-Medical Healthcare Managers (SNKOZ) in Poland.

The tool kit is informed by the results of the project and is a complement for trainings offered in Malmö (Sweden) and Olsztyn (Poland) during 2023. All products are designed for healthcare workers in operative, non-medical functions from Sweden and Poland.

With the aim of building competence and green skills, the tool kit is an option for innovative curricula for vocational training.

Authors and editors of the guidelines: Diego Angelino (NCSH) and Marcin Kautsch (SNKOZ)

Read guidelines in Polish >>

Circle Health is co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

2023: Closing gaps – Techniques and solutions for reducing pharmaceutical residuals in the Baltic Sea region

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This report marks the culmination of a project developed by a consortium led by the Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare (NCSH), including ScanBalt BioRegion and LBTA in a common effort with Business Region Göteborg, funded by the Swedish Institute.

The project was implemented in three countries (Sweden, Estonia and Lithuania), with the aim to identify practical solutions (practices, methods, techniques and technologies) throughout the value chain of pharmaceuticals to reduce the amount of residues (residuals) in the Baltic Sea. This included the organisation of three workshops, desk research, as well as the implementation of interviews with relevant stakeholders.

'Closing gaps' fosters collaboration across the Baltic Sea region and suggests that effective implementation and sharing of existing practices and technical solutions can be accelerated by identifying existing gaps among the countries involved and fostering collaboration with a cross-sectoral perspective.

Authors from NCSH: Diego Angelino (editor) and Caroline Charlier.

'Closing gaps: Techniques and solutions for reducing pharmaceutical residuals in the Baltic Sea region' is funded by the Swedish Institute.

2023: Sustainability in MedTech design – Methods, tools and practice

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A handbook for MedTech professionals, through the lens of sustainability. Download and read the book by clicking the image.

"The effects of climate change on human health are gaining attention worldwide. Healthcare systems suffer these impacts while being responsible for 4.4% of global CO2 emissions: new sustainable solutions are urgently needed. MedTech is a key industry to drive this transition. However, has not been targeted with sustainability demand to the same extent as manufacturing industries in other sectors. This has been changing in recent years and the current pandemic has further sharpened the concerns of EU health systems for their environmental impacts. The demand for green procurement, sustainable products/services, and higher environmental standards is set to increase dramatically.

This book provides knowledge and tools for MedTech professionals seeking an in-depth understanding of the sector through the lens of sustainability. It presents a broad panorama of topics, including sustainable product development, governance and business strategies, and circular economy. It also provides practical insights and tangible strategies for designers and managers to embrace emerging trends in sustainable medical technology, enabling them to navigate the evolving industry landscape."

Authors: Silvia Barbero, Hjalmar Bardh Olsson (NCSH), Izabela Czeremcha, Daniel Eriksson (NCSH), Eugenio Mimosi, Amina Pereno.

'Sustainability in MedTech Design: Methods, Tools and Practice' is part of the project SysteMA, funded by EIT Manufacturing. 

2023: Nordic Know-How #8 Financing Energy and Climate-Smart Healthcare

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This report addresses the topic of financing energy and climate-smart healthcare, focused specifically on hospitals' green transition in Sweden. It aims to collect, summarise and make accessible different ways to go about and approach such funding. 

We hope that you will find the samples of examples inspirational for your own context and area of expertise.

Authors: Felicia Hedetoft (editor), Diego Angelino, Daniel Eriksson and Hjalmar Bardh Olsson.

The Nordic Know-How series is created within the project Platform for Internationalisation: Energy and Climate-Smart Healthcare, financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.

2022: Nordic Know-How #7 Cooling Systems

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This report includes the most updated and relevant solutions installed and evaluated at Nordic hospitals. It is written together with BELOK through CIT Energy Management. Decision-makers will be provided with overarching knowledge of the systems’ significance, the technologies on the market and the main concepts, supported by practical lessons.

The Nordic Know-How series is created within the project Platform for Internationalisation: Energy and Climate-Smart Healthcare, financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.

2022: Health Use Case – Visualising the effect of a realized Vision 2030 on Nordic businesses

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In 2030, the Nordics will be the world's most sustainable and integrated health region – providing the best possible personalized healthcare for all its citizens.

Alongside partners in the Health Use Case (HUSCA) project, we at NCSH are envisioning what an innovative and connected Nordic region would look like if health data were shared seamlessly across public-private partnerships in the region. 

Read the report "Health Use Case – Visualising the effect of a realized Vision 2030 on Nordic businesses" by clicking image.

The HUSCA project is initiated and funded by Nordic Innovation.

2022: Nordic Know-How #6 District Heating & Cooling

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Here you find the sixth chapter in the Nordic Know-How series, this time in the field of district heating and cooling.

The report covers experiences as well as examples from Swedish hospitals, where district heating and cooling has been implemented as an energy source. From it, you will gain an introduction to the technology and to the advantages of district heating and cooling as a reliable energy source for hospital buildings.

The Nordic Know-How series is created within the project Platform for Internationalisation: Energy and Climate Smart Healthcare, financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.

2022: On Indian Health Facilities, Sustainability & Climate Resilience

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In this report, you find key takeaways from a Swedish/Indian webinar on building climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable healthcare facilities.

Focused on knowledge sharing, the report highlights the need to tailor Swedish solutions to fit the Indian context – for a holistic view on healthcare.

The report is written by MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child and is a collaboration with Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare (NCSH).

2021: Healthcare & Sustainable Infrastructure in Developing Countries

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How can healthcare drive sustainable infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries? This report summarises workshop discussions around this issue from 4 May 2021, in which a broad set of stakeholders participated. Want to learn more about the opportunities for sustainable healthcare? Give it a read!

The report is a delivery within the project “sWASH&grow – scaling off-grid WASH innovations” and is written by Stiftelsen TEM/Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare (NCSH).
 

2021: Nordic Know-How #5 Renewable Energy Production

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This is the fifth chapter in the Nordic Know-How series, this time on the topic of renewable energy production for hospitals. The report contains of some background information about renewable energy  and its environmental impact, as well as examples of different technologies and installations in Swedish hospitals. 

The report series is created by Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare within the project Platform for Internationalisation: Energy and Climate Smart Healthcare, financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.

2021: Life Science, Sustainable Development Goals and the European Green Deal


NCSH has, on behalf of Business Region Gothenburg, developed 2 different matrices that will serve as a guide in how Life Science companies & organisations can work with the global goals. In addition to these two matrices, a third matrix has also been created as a guide to the European Green Deal. A shorter report has also been produced in connection with this, containing some background information for the matrices and instructions for use. 

MATRICES

Read the report in Swedish here

2021: 2020 report on Energy and Climate Smart Healthcare 

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2020 report on Energy and Climate Smart Healthcare 

In this report, we have gathered information on various solutions for energy and climate smart healthcare that are suitable for internationalization. The report is written on behalf of the Swedish Energy Agency as part of the project Platform for Internationalization: Energy and climate smart healthcare. 

Please note that the report is written in Swedish.

 

 

2019: Nordic Sustainable Healthcare

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Paper: Nordic Sustainable Healthcare

Why are the Nordics frontrunners in sustainable healthcare, and is there something others can learn?
This white paper was made as part of the "Nordic Welfare Solutions" project run by Nordic Innovation. The project is one of six flagship projects under the Nordic prime ministers' Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges initiative and is coordinated by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

2020: A multi-stakeholder perspective on sustainable healthcare: From 2030 onwards

By Amina Pereno and Daniel Eriksson (NCSH).

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Abstract
Over the past years, the interest in sustainable healthcare has been growing globally and the transition toward environmentally, economically and socially viable health systems is perceived as inevitable and necessary. All the approaches to this emerging field are mainly focusing on short-term specific issues and involving a limited number of stakeholders. This study aimed to address the topic of the possible futures of sustainable healthcare from a multi-stakeholder perspective, in order to define a long-term scenario and the key strategies to enhance this transition. A series of workshops have involved a representative selection of stakeholders based in Nordic countries and concerned with sustainable healthcare (health industries, health providers, managing authorities, universities and research centres, clusters, NGOs and healthcare networks, professional consortia) through a collaborative foresight process. A design-based approach has been adopted to investigate the current scenario and deepen foresight outcomes. The results highlighted three different horizons and the drivers to reshape the roles of individual stakeholders, enhancing the socio-technical transition towards a desirable scenario based on collaboration between distributed dynamic networks. The identified transition strategies move from the local to the international level, focusing on innovation, information and collaboration between stakeholders. This study provides the framework for future studies to deepen the transition process towards sustainable healthcare and its implications at Nordics, European and international levels.

2020: Nordic Know-How #4 Ventilation

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This is the fourth chapter of the Nordic Know-How series, this time on the topic of ventilation in healthcare. The report contains of some background information about ventilation and its environmental impact, as well as examples of different technologies and installations in Swedish hospitals. 

The report series is created by Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare within the project Platform for Internationalisation: Energy and Climate Smart Healthcare, financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.

2020: Nordic Know-How #3 Lighting

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Nordic Know-How #3 Lighting

This is the third chapter of the Nordic Know-How series, this time on the topic of Lighting in a hospital environment. In this report, we present some examples of lighting technologies and also some good examples of Swedish hospitals with successful installations. 

This report series is created by Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare within the project Platform for Internationalisation: Energy and Climate Smart Healthcare, financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.

 

2020: Article on Sustainable Healthcare

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A Multi-stakeholder perspective on sustainable healthcare: From 2030 onwards. This article written by Amina Pereno and Daniel Eriksson is available for free until September 16. Click on the cover to the left to read the full article. 

2020: Nordic Know-How #2 Geothermal Energy

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This is the second chapter of the Nordic Know-How series, this time on the topic of Geothermal Energy. This report series is created by Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare within the project Platform for Internationalisation: Energy and Climate Smart Healthcare, financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.

 

Watch the Geothermal Energy Webinar on NCSH's youtube channel Here >>

2020: Nordic Know-How #1 Nitrous Oxide Destruction

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This spring, we will present a new series of reports in which each report will focus on a specific solution and best practices within sustainable healthcare. This first chapter will focus on: Nitrous Oxide Destruction. 

This report series is created by Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare within the project Platform for Internationalisation: Energy and Climate Smart Healthcare, financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.

 

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