Environmental responsibility

Environmental programme

Haemodialysis treatment is a resource-demanding treatment, requiring 300 - 600 litres of water, creating 0.8 - 1.4 kg of infectious waste and consuming 7 - 19 kWh of electricity per treatment.

The success of dialysis as a therapy has a growing ecological and economic impact. The dramatic growth in the number of patients has been accompanied by numerous medical and technological advances which have further increased the environmental burden of dialysis.

Together with the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association, Fresenius Medical Care has launched the “Go Green in Dialysis” initiative. It brings together specialists including nephrology nursing experts, dialysis technicians, quality management and environmental leaders.

"Go Green in Dialysis" is our set of standard environmental guidelines for dialysis. The aim of the project is to increase the awareness for environmental topics among dialysis centre staff. The guidelines explain the general challenges of environmental management and address the topics of waste, water and energy consumption.

Terrassa – making dialysis greener

Our dialysis centre in Terrassa is another milestone in our quest to make dialysis more sustainable and efficient. Terrassa is the first eco-sustainable dialysis centre in Spain and one of the few in Europe with energy certification class A. It pursues a holistic approach to making dialysis more sustainable, which makes it a pioneer in this field.

A lot of thought was put into the architecture of the building, using recycled and locally produced material for its construction and allowing a lot of natural light to enter into the interior through inner courtyards; thereby sparing resources and contributing to energy savings. The inner courtyards also bring natural ventilation into the building.

  • More than 70 solar panels
  • Centralised heating system working with biomass pellets
  • Energy saving lamps
  • Green roof
  • Low emissivity glass in aluminium windows without a thermal bridge
  • Thermal insulation of the building

Surplus water is used for:

  • Watering the green roof and a number of parks in Terrassa
  • Flush the WCs