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Leading the charge to a low-carbon future

Published Mar 22, 2023 3:50 pm

In its bid to become a more sustainable hospital, The Medical City (TMC) launched the TMC E-Vehicle Charging Stations last March 8 at the TMC Parking Basement 1.

The E-Vehicle Charging Station is part of TCM’s initiatives to reduce the negative impact caused by carbon emissions on the environment.

As consumers become more environmentally conscious, the adoption of E-vehicles (EVs) in the country is on the rise. EVs are eco-friendly, energy efficient, has lower maintenance costs, and are more affordable compared to fuel-powered vehicles. In addition, the government's efforts to incentivize EV owners by fully exempting EVs from excise tax and the number coding system have also contributed to its growing popularity.

The convenience of charging EVs at home, work, or public charging stations has become a significant factor in vehicle owners' decision to switch to EVs. The shift towards EVs represents a positive trend toward sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation. It is a testament to the public's growing awareness and concern for the planet's well-being.

Recognizing the need for facilities to fast-track the adoption of EVs, TMC was steadfast in supporting the cause by providing E-Vehicle Charging Stations to reduce the amount of emissions from cars. Patients and employees of TMC are encouraged to utilize the newly installed chargers from Wallbox, which can fully charge a car battery for six to eight hours.

“Some say it’s not common to own an e-vehicle. However, years ago, we also would have never imagined we can make houses with bricks from plastic bottles or create clothes with fabric made entirely from recycled materials. They all made that choice to create a more sustainable future. This is how we contribute to that change,” says Dr. Edmond Dazo, the chief operating officer of Medical Arts Tower Inc.

(From left) The Medical City SVP & Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Christian Delos Reyes, MATI COO Dr. Michael Edmond Dazo, TMC President and CEO Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos, MATI Board Directors Dr. Ma. Felicia Corazon Lacanilao and Dr. Rafael Claudio, and Institute of Neurological Sciences Director Dr. John Jerusalem Tiongson

TMC and its sustainability efforts

Before the launch of the E-Vehicle Charging Station, TMC has already taken steps toward environmental sustainability. In 2020, TMC installed bicycle lanes in the parking facility to promote and encourage the use of pollution-free modes of transportation. As a result, the Mobility Awards recognized TMC for being a bike-friendly workplace.

To promote energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in the hospital, traditional lighting systems have been replaced with LED lights that are 80% more efficient. Motion sensors have been installed in common restrooms to enhance further energy-saving efforts, which can detect human activity and automatically turn on the lights accordingly.

TMC believes that green spaces promote healing, so it converted several areas within its walls into a central garden, pocket garden, sunken garden, and nursery—improving the employees’ and patients’ physical and mental well-being while ensuring that they would enjoy a considerable difference to hospital life.

The Medical City's E-Vehicle Charging Stations and its other sustainability initiatives demonstrate the possibility of organizations, especially those in healthcare, to take proactive steps toward a low-carbon future. By prioritizing environmental sustainability, TMC is fulfilling its responsibilities as a corporate citizen and contributing to the global effort to combat climate change.

“This is part of our role as a healthcare institution as far as sustainability is concerned. We are increasingly focusing on how to get involved as an enterprise in environmental protection, societal behavior, as well as governance. Enabling an environment for these innovations to thrive is how change happens and we are proud that TMC is one to make this available to everybody,” says Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos, the president and chief executive officer of The Medical City.

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Editor’s Note: This article was provided by The Medical City.