nWCH Project reaches an Australia-first milestone
The new Women's and Children's Hospital will be Australia’s first all-electric hospital.
Planning for the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (nWCH) has reached another significant milestone following today’s announcement that it will be Australia’s first all-electric hospital.
The new, purpose-built hospital will be connected to an electricity source that is either supplied from the grid or through on-site electricity generation and storage, rather than through the State’s mains gas network. This means the heating, hot water and kitchen functions within the new building will not be powered by fossil fuels.
The State Government’s commitment to a 100 percent renewable electricity grid by 2030 and SA Water’s zero emissions future will mean the all-electric nWCH will be the most sustainable major public hospital in Australia.
This will not only improve operating costs for the life of the hospital but will ensure South Australia will continue to lead the country in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint for future generations.
The nWCH will be the first brand new hospital in Australia to be 100 percent electrified. An expansion of the current Canberra Hospital will also be all-electric, but the existing building will remain with gas power in the energy source mix.
It is estimated that the all-electric nWCH will help avoid an estimated 2,100 tonnes of greenhouse emissions each year, the equivalent of taking approximately 700 vehicles off the road.