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Electromobility


Foreword

Environmental pollution, stemming from transportation use, affects both urban and rural areas, presenting a significant health issue due to its societal costs. Electromobility, defined as the use of electrical energy in various transportation systems, offers benefits in line with global sustainable development policies (environmental, energy, and economic).

In the health sector, we aim to transform transportation options for hospital users (patients and health teams), employing strategies to provide electrical units and services. This initiative aims to reduce the carbon footprint and exposure to other contaminants, aligning with our vision of a green hospital. The impetus for these changes is the need to address local contamination, which drives the development and promotion of relevant policies and investments.

Current problem and consequences

Our health facilities currently operate a fleet of vehicles powered by fossil fuels. These vehicles, used for material deliveries and patient and employee transportation, contribute to exposure to toxic substances. Such exposure is linked to respiratory diseases and weakened organic and lung immunity.

Our solutions

We propose adopting electric vehicles for our medical fleet and establishing charging facilities in community-accessible areas. This approach will reduce travel distances for patients and employees. Additionally, integrating medical care centers into communities through strategic distribution enhances their efficiency. We also plan to improve supply chain logistics by partnering with local suppliers or those using low-emission vehicles.

Telemedicine promotion is also a focus, leveraging distance health programs and mobile technology for consultations, thereby reducing travel and emissions. Collaborations with the Ministry of Transportation and banks will facilitate electric motor conversions, easing access to health centers and aiding environmental preservation. Lastly, we'll develop distance health programs and train staff in electromobility use.

Benefits

Switching to electric vehicles will eliminate exhaust emissions, leading to cleaner air and a reduction in cardiopulmonary diseases. This transition positively impacts both health and the environment, with the added advantage of energy savings through renewable sources.

What's coming: electromobility

The advent of electric mobility is set to revolutionize transportation, offering environmentally and health-friendly solutions. Its success depends on various factors, including cost, legislation, education, and internal hospital redesigns. To foster this change, we plan to develop training and instructional programs for patients and healthcare workers, promoting a future that is both green and breathable. Changing mobility habits is crucial for societal collaboration in environmental preservation.

Conclusion

Embracing efficient technology and transitioning to sustainable electromobility will prevent the release of toxic gases, contributing to our energy matrix's decarbonization. By enhancing efficiency and reducing emissions, we will also achieve cost savings for hospitals, allowing for better allocation of resources. Through sustainability and electromobility initiatives in the health sector, we aim to create enhanced living spaces that respect the environment while meeting the needs of both current and future generations.

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About the authors

Marcelo Fabian Saitta is a university specialist in pediatrics belonging to a team of doctors interested in the environment and its place in health.

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Laura Silvia Adduci is a university specialist in neurosurgery belonging to a team of doctors interested in the environment and its place in health.

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María Verónica Viñas Chacior is a university specialist in general surgery belonging to a team of doctors interested in the environment and its place in health.

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Dr. Diego Balverde is an Economist at the European Central Bank and has extensive experience in climate finance. He is currently also an Advisory Member of the Council of Foreign Trade at The World Bank. Diego is very active on the international sustainability stage having attended COP27 as a Circular economy for Climate Change specialist and will also be attending the G20 Conference in India as part of the Energy, Sustainability and Climate Task Force. Diego holds a PhD in Foreign trade from Chapman University and an MBA degree from Cambridge Judge Business School.

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