Mediclinic International Sustainable Development Report 2018
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The Group’s main environmental impacts are the utilisation of resources, predominantly energy, through electricity consumption and water, and the disposal of healthcare risk waste. The Group is fully aware of the need to use resources responsibly and is committed to minimising its environmental impacts to every extent possible.
The Group recognises the risks that regulatory changes, environmental constraints and climate change present to its operations. Potential impacts include rising costs, reduced access to facilities, interruptions in service, and incidents of extreme weather events as a result of climate change placing additional stress on operations. Additionally, climate change can lead to water shortages (especially in the UAE and in Southern Africa) and weather-induced pandemics and disease outbreaks which can cause high mortality rates.
However, the Group also believes that using resources responsibly can be a source of strategic advantage for the Group, allowing it to manage and contain its operating costs and to ensure ongoing access to water and energy supplies.
Mediclinic’s patients are always its first priority, but without natural resources, especially water, Mediclinic would not be able to provide a service to its patients. The Group takes its policies to reduce its impact on the environment very seriously and is constantly investigating new opportunities to reduce its impact on the environment.