Posted Tuesday February 11, 2020

Green Health

Green Coalition and Plug’n Drive partner on new zero-emission vehicle initiative in Canada’s health sector

A new collaborative zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) initiative is launching this week that will see the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care and Plug’n Drive advance awareness and use of lower-carbon transportation options within Canada’s health services sector.

The initiative will help raise awareness of energy-efficient technologies and practices, and lower-carbon vehicles, fuels and infrastructure requirements within the sector.

Team members will work with multiple stakeholder groups including senior administrative leaders, medical staff, support staff from facilities and engineering, purchasing and finance, visitors and patients as well as vendors and third-party contractors to enhance understanding and uptake of ZEV technologies.

“The Coalition Team is truly excited to be a part of this initiative as we all have a strong personal interest in ZEV technology,” says Coalition Executive Director Neil Ritchie. “Together, with the expertise and talent of our project partner, Plug‘n Drive, we will be bringing new learning and exciting hands-on ZEV driving opportunities to the sector.”

Collaborators will advance awareness and knowledge of ZEVs and the infrastructure required to support them, increase the understanding and capacity of the sector with regard to charging and fueling opportunities, and provide collateral and resources to enhance understanding and adoption of ZEV technology.

"The biggest barrier to EV adoption is a lack of understanding about the significant environmental and economic benefits of using electricity instead of fossil fuels," said Cara Clairman, President and CEO of Plug'n Drive. "The health care sector can play an important role in bridging this knowledge gap by engaging hospital staff and making hospital locations EV-friendly environments by offering charging and EV education."

Industry partners include the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES) and their Ontario Chapter, the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), CDL Healthcare Properties, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and University Health Network – all of whom have offered technical, leadership and promotional expertise to the team.

Hospitals, long-term care homes and other health care diagnostic and treatment organisations are encouraged to take part in the initiative and make ZEV awareness part of your 2020 environmental and climate change initiatives.

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