Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare

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    Projects

    nordic green hospital modelNordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare (NCSH) leads, participates in and initiates projects in different fields with a strong link to sustainable and green healthcare. NCSH has taken part in EU-projects, projects with Swedish funding, Danish funding, different Nordic funders and projects financed by participating stakeholders.

    Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in any of our ongoing projects, if you need a Nordic partner for a project, or have a brilliant project idea within sustainable healthcare.

    We often collaborate with other stakeholders in various countries and professionals with specialized competence we need in projects.

    Ongoing projects

    Here we present our ongoing and active projects. For completed or dormant projects, conferences etc. look a bit further down on this page.

     


    The Future of Healthcare - Sustainable and Smart today

    The Future of Healthcare Sustainable and Smart today logos allTogether with our project partners Upgraded and DTU Executive School of Education, NCSH has recieved funding from Nordic Innovation for targeting Nordic sustainable healthcare. The aim is to bring Nordic knowledge and solutions for sustainable healthcare to a global market. Through this, knowledge and expertise on sustainable solutions in this sector can be spread and developed further. The base of the project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, and with additional funding from Nordic Innovation the project expands adding a Nordic perspective. The project will run for 1,5 years. 

    The outputs of this project is a number of international events with the aim to spread knowledge on Nordic sustainable solutions. In total six events will be conducted in five different countries around the world: 

    • Helsinki, Finland 2nd of October 2019: Kick-off of project and high level meeting with 100 of the most impactful people in Nordic healhtcare. 
    • Montreal, Canada 15th to 16th of October 2019: Delegation to Canada to meet Canadian hospitals interested in sustainable and smart healthcare. 
    • Netherlands, 15th to 17th of April 2020: Conference with Dutch and Nordic actors to share knowledge, expertise and best practices in the field of sustainable healhtcare. 
    • Copenhagen, Denmark 10th to 12th June 2020: Nordic Conference for Sustainable Healthcare, hosted by DTU. 
    • Yale University, USA October 2020: Nordic delegation to Yale University and Yale University Hospital in New Haven.
    • Finland October 2020: Final event to wrap up the project and high level meeting with Nordic stakeholders in healthcare.  

     

    For more information about the project please contact: 

    Felicia Matz Wennerhed

    Daniel Eriksson 


    Internationalisation of Swedish Energy Efficient Healthcare 

    Through this project a platform for internationalisation of sustainable and energy efficient healthcare will be in place. A number of activities have been planned to:

    • Create opportunities for energy efficient innovations to reach a global market
    • Increase knowledge transfer and dissemination of information on energy efficient sustainable healthcare
    • Identify methods and arenas where innovative companies within the field of sustainable healthcare can export sucessfully

    The project is based on a prestudy where letters of intent have been written with innovation arenas in 4 countries: France, Italy, Israel and United Kingdom. A report on challenges when internationalising innovation clusters with focus on energy efficient healthcare has also been produced. Within this project, NCSH will focus on Europe as well as Canada, the U.S, China, India and the Middle East.

    The project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency and will, with start in December 2018, run for two years with a possible extension for another two years. 

    Also as a part of this project, are the six international events arranged within the Future of Healthcare: Sustainable and Smart today project. These include: 

    • Kick off and high level meeting in Helsinki, Finland the 2nd of October 2019. 
    • Nordic delegation to conference in Montreal, Canada the 15th to the 16th of October 2019. 
    • Conference for sustainable healthcare in the Netherlands the 15th to the 17th of April 2020. 
    • Nordic Conference for Sustainable Healthcare in Copenhagen, Denmark the 10th to the 12th of June 2020. 
    • Nordic delegation to Yale University in New Haven, USA in November 2020. 
    • Health100 and high level meeting in Finland 2020. 

    Read more about the project

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    For more information, please contact us:

    Daniel Eriksson,  or +46 (0)707-94 42 13
    Johannes Brundin,  or +46 (0)760-93 90 89


    Nordic Strategic Platform for Increased Export of Sustainable Healthcare Solutions

    NCSH is one of around 15 members in the Nordic Innovation task force for export of health and welfare solutions. The project is an initiative by the Nordic Ministry Council and aims to unite and increase Nordic export of health-related services and products. Around three organisations from each member country (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland) represent different areas of health export and NCSH is added as a pan-Nordic actor.

    Sustainable healthcare has been identified as one of four Nordic strongholds within Nordic health export together with Smart Digital Solutions, Welfare technology and Personalized care.This means that members in NCSH can look forward to increased efforts to expand the area of sustainable healthcare and projects that supports those efforts.

    A first report from the task force has been published in 2018 and can be found here. 


    Grønnköpingkið - The Greenest Hospital in the World

    nordic green hospital modelGrønnköpingkið is a fictive Nordic city which will build a new university hospital with the best the Nordics can offer within sustainability in healthcare. All solutions must be installed at a Nordic hospital, but there will also be an innovation pavilion with solutions not yet on the market. The result will be an interactive model where you can find solutions within various categories such as waste management, water treatment, MedTech with a sustainability edge, energy efficiency, and more. Under each category up to 10 Nordic solutions will be presented and you will be able to find out where you can see it installed, what the sustainability impact is, supplier information, technical information, contact information to hospital staff, and more.

    The project is not funded at the moment so NCSH are working with it when there is spare time, so it will move slowly forward just like a real hospital construction. If you want to participate or have a solution that should be in the model, please contact us.

    Read more about the project

    Conferences

    The Nordic Conference on Sustainable Healthcare 2020

    The Nordic Conference on Sustainable Healthcare 2020 will be hosted by DTU in Copenhagen, Denmark. The dates for the conference are the 10th-12th of June. The 10th of June will be a academic meeting, the 11th will be the main conference day, and the 12th will consists of study tours. This years conference will be a part of the project Future of Healthcare: Sustainable and Smart today. If you're interested in collaborating, sponsoring or participating please contact us on

    For more information about the conference, please visit https://nordicshc.org/NCSH2020


    The Nordic Conference on Sustainable Healthcare 2019

    The Nordic Conference on Sustainable Healthcare 2019 was held as a part of EHMA:s annual conference and took place in Espoo Finland on June 17th-19th. NCSH hosted one session on June 17th and one session on June 18th. On June 19th the winners of 2019 Nordic Sustainable Healthcare awards were announced. This year Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) won the award Sustainable Healthcare Organizer of the year, Schneider Electric was awarded the Sustainable Healthcare Organisation of the year, and finally the Sustainable Healthcare Innovation of the year went to Nordshield. 

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    The Nordic Conference on Sustainable Healthcare 2018

    The Nordic Conference on Sustainable Healthcare 2018 was held in collaboration with Aktuell Hållbarhet and joined together speakers and participants from over 10 countries with an interest in creating a more sustainable healthcare. This years focus was on areas such as tools for sustainable construction and maintenance of healthcare buildings, international knowledge from sustainable health and care systems, procurement as a sustainability tool and antibiotic resistance.

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    The Nordic Conference on Sustainable Healthcare 2017

    In collaboration with Aktuell Hållbarhet, Dagens Medicin and Bonnier Sustainability Media, Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare organised a one day conference with speakers from all over Europe to focus on the latest developments in areas such as: sustainability priorities at major Nordic hospitals, state of the art Nordic projects, as well as new and innovative solutions on the market in everything from energy efficiency to pharmaceuticals.

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    CleanMed Europe 2012

    TEM took the initiative for the international conference CleanMed Europe 2012 and acted as a project leader throughout the conference held in Malmö, with 350 participants from over 30 countries.

    Completed projects


    The most Sustainable Healthcare in the World 2030

    SkärmklippVinnovaengTogether with project partners Medeon, Medicon Village, Swecare and Sahlgrenska Science Park, NCSH received Vinnova funding for a pre-study to be the basis for creating a vision to achieve the most sustainable healthcare in the world by 2030 and establish an arena for innovation, collaboration and communication of Swedish sustainable healthcare.

    The outputs of this project has lead to a more coherent view on sustainable healthcare and further clarified this interdisciplinary matter. The result will in the long run lead to increased export and reduced environmental impact from the healthcare sector. In order to fully encompass all aspects of sustainable healthcare, MedTech and life science have been addressed and included in the project.

    To increase the knowledge base and identify best practice solutions within MedTech and life science, workshops have been held in four different cities in Sweden. The material collected through the workshops have been used to develop both a sustainability guideline for startups within life sciences, as well as a vision for sustainable healthcare.

    Guideline - Sustainability in Life Science

    The content of the guidline has been developed in collaboration with Medeon, Medicon Village, Sahlgrenska Science Park, Swecare and participants at 5 workshops around Sweden hosted by the projects partners and Innovation+ in Region Västerbotten. A number of interviews have been conducted with companies and other key stakeholders. In total a couple of hundred organisations have been involved in the process.

    For more information, please contact:

    Daniel Eriksson,  or +46 707-94 42 13


    Nordic White Paper on Sustainable Healthcare

    Nordic InnovationIn 2019 NCSH completed a Nordic white paper on sustainable healthcare, a project funded by Nordic Innovation. During the project events and workshops have been arranged around the Nordics. The following activites have been arranged within the project: 

    • Sweden: 15th of February 2018, Nordic Conference on Sustainable Healthcare.  
    • Iceland: 17th of April 2018, joint workshop with partners.
    • Finland: 31st of May 2018, session on Upgraded Life Festival.
    • Sweden: 3rd of October 2018, workshop in collaboration with Swecare.
    • Denmark: 1st of November 2018, workshop in collaboration with DTU.
    • Norway:  29th of January 2019, workshop in collaboration with Nordic Innovation.

    You can read the White Paper here >>>

    For more information, please contact us:

    Daniel Eriksson,  or +46 (0)707-94 42 13
    Linnea Turnstedt,  or +46 (0)708-92 73 05 


    Joint Nordic Events - Healthcare as a Leverage for Smarter and Greener Cities

    Nordic InnovationWith funding from Nordic Innovation NCSH, together with Nordic and Israeli partners, organised a delegation/matchmaking event in Tel Aviv the 14th to the 15th of November 2018. The purpose of the delegation was to increase business, knowledge and collaboration on solutions for sustainable healthcare and smart, circular cities.

    Read a summary from the delegation (link to Nordic Innovation)

    For more information, please contact:

    Daniel Eriksson,  or +46 707 94 42 13


    Internationalisation of Innovation Clusters

    NCSH has with funding from the Swedish Energy Agency conducted a survey and interviews with relevant stakeholders within energy efficient healthcare. The focus has been internationalisation, both in terms of collaboration regarding innovation but also export. The report includes a number of conclusions that focus on challenges that need to be addressed both nationally and internationally.

    This report is part of the Innovation Cluster for Energy Efficient Healthcare, a project funded by the Sweish Energy Agency. 

    Read more about the project

    For more information, please contact:

    Daniel Eriksson, or +46 (0)707-94 42 13


    Green Procurement of Hospital Textiles – Nordic Guide and Cooperation

    NCSH collaborated with PlanMiljø in a project which focused on the green procurement of hospital textiles. The aim of the project was to encourage and assist hospitals and regional authorities in the Nordic region in moving towards a more sustainable procurement of healthcare textiles. 

    A country specific fact sheet was developed for the Nordic countries. This included current status, obstacles and potential for healthcare textiles procurement. The consortium also established and facilitated a network of stakeholders relevant to the procurement of textiles in the healthcare sector. The stakeholders were brought together through various workshops to discuss and exchange initiatives as well as establish voluntary agreements. A strategy was then developed and carried out for the guide’s dissemination amongst Nordic healthcare procurers.

    A guide on green procurement of hospital textiles has been developed in close cooporation with the network. The guide was released during 2017 and is available in English.

    Download the Greener textiles in hospitals – guide to green procurement in the healthcare sector (PDF)

    For more information, please contact:

    Daniel Eriksson,  or +46 (0)707-94 42 13


    Nordic Procurement Network for Sustainable Healthcare

    The network was founded as a part of NCSH and as a result of a project on textiles in healthcare. After a few meetings the network was put on hold due to a lack of funding.

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    National Innovation Agenda for Sustainable Healthcare

    The healthcare sector stands for a significant part of the GDP and the overall environmental impact. Meanwhile, there is a lack of a coordinated interaction between the sector’s stakeholders in terms of knowledge transfer, benefits from commercial opportunities and application of newly developed products and services.

    The innovation agenda for sustainable healthcare is a collaboration project of TEM, Swecare and Lund University, financed by Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Research Council Formas.

    Download the National innovation agenda short version (English) (PDF)

    Download the National innovation agenda (Swedish) (PDF)

    Sustainable healthcare is a complex area that embraces a range of industries and research fields. Its stakeholders come from various branches, such as private and public healthcare, environmental technology, life science with good environmental performance, construction industry, and more. With this variety of stakeholders, sustainable healthcare on the one hand faces certain obstacles, while on the other has a big potential to act as a platform for the stakeholders of the sector.

    The innovation agenda’s starting point is the stakeholder perspective. It provides different solutions to the challenges that exist in the area today. Moreover, it points to the opportunities in the area that have a capacity to strengthen Sweden’s economic growth, employment and at the same time reduce environmental impacts of the healthcare sector.

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    LED for Healthcare

    LED for Healthcare was a project focused on lighting in the healthcare. Healthcare is a perfect sector to test innovative lighting solutions with the existing variety of applications that a healthcare establishment provides: outdoor lighting, operating theaters, offices, garages etc. Meanwhile, the lighting industry seeks ways to test and verify innovations that come together with the shift to the LED-technology, and national credentials for better export opportunities.

    The project was funded by The Swedish Energy Agency.

    For more information, please contact:

    Daniel Eriksson,  or +46 (0)707-94 42 13


    Sustainable Health Care

    One of the reasons behind the success of the Swedish healthcare system in terms of its environmental and sustainability performance is the high number of top-notch products and services developed for the healthcare sector by Swedish companies. However, the potential to boost sales of these products and services, both nationally and globally, is often neglected. The collaboration project Sustainable Health Care launched in January 2010, focused on enhanced sales of sustainable products and services for the healthcare sector nationally and internationally. The project was a continuation of another initiative completed earlier - Sustainable Hospitals. The project focused on technical visits, intensified cooperation between businesses and between businesses and healthcare institutions, as well as new export channels. Within the project, healthcare companies got an opportunity to present their latest solutions to potential clients, while healthcare institutions informed companies about current problematic issues that require solutions. A reference group consisting of a number of healthcare institutions took part in the project along with the businesses.

    Project owner: Sustainable Business Hub (Malmö).
    Project partners: Business Region Göteborg, Sustainable Sweden Southeast and Hälsoteknikalliansen; Region Skåne and Region Västra Götaland took an active part in the project.
    Co-funder: Tillväxtverket.
    Project leader: Daniel Eriksson, TEM.

    For more information, please contact:

    Daniel Eriksson,  or +46 (0)707-94 42 13


    Green Health Care Öresund

    The project Green Health Care Öresund was a joint EU-project between Region Skåne, Malmö university hospital, Region Copenhagen and Gentofte Hospital. The purpose of the project was to develop a network of contacts and gather knowledge about environmental issues for healthcare institutions from the Swedish and Danish sides of the Öresund region. The two key parties in the project were the University hospital in Malmö (UMAS) and Gentofte Hospital in Copenhagen, with TEM as the project leader. Other partners were Region Skåne and Region Huvedstaden (Copenhagen), to name a few.

    The project underwent three phases. Initially, the concept of Green Health Care as a system that both has improved environmental performance and generates economic and health-related benefits, was introduced. During the second phase, a model for a “sustainable patient room” was developed as a guidance for construction and renovation of healthcare buildings in the Öresund region. The third phase of the project included an analysis of energy use at two hospitals with the purpose to reduce energy costs.

    For more information, please contact:

    Daniel Eriksson,  or +46 (0)707-94 42 13


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