University hospitals

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Between them, the 43,000 employees of the university hospitals in Basel, Bern, Geneva and Lausanne carry out more than four million outpatient consultations and treat over 200,000 patients a year using the latest treatment methods. Besides staffing and financial resources, these services also require a considerable energy input: the annual energy consumption (electricity and heat) of the four university hospitals is 475 gigawatt hours, which more or less equates to that of a town with 25,000 inhabitants, such as Montreux or Rapperswil-Jona. The university hospitals joined our initiative as a group in autumn 2023.


Under the EEC initiative, the university hospitals have pledged to meet the following targets:

1. Increasing energy efficiency

Benchmark: 2018/2019

  • Target for 2026: +5%
  • Target for 2030: +18%

2. Switching to renewable energies

Thermal energy and fuels

  • Target for 2026: 36% renewables
  • Target for 2030: 42% renewables


  • Target for 2026: 100% from renewable sources

3. Producing green power


  • Target for 2026: 4.1GWh
  • Target for 2030: 7.5GWh


Like all the participants, the university hospitals have undertaken to implement the joint measures. In addition, the university hospitals will be taking individual measures to reduce the amount of energy consumed by medical equipment, reduce meat consumption and/or promote a diet rich in plant proteins, reduce waste and integrate climate issues into purchasing procedures. Targets are currently being set.

Further information

You can find the latest information regarding the implementation of this participant’s targets and measures in our Energy and Climate Report. The University hospitals also publish information about their energy and climate-related commitments on their websites.