01 Oct '11, 6am

5% health: The risk of catabolic collapse and peak fat in modern health systems | Energy Bulletin: via @AddThis

5% health: The risk of catabolic collapse and peak fat in modern health systems | Energy Bulletin: via @AddThis

For a start, most of the consumables within any hospital are oil-based — from analgesics and antihistamines, through heart valves, implants and prosthetics, to ambulances and helicopters. But energy that you can measure, such as that used by buildings and suppositories — is only one part of the picture. A new technique called Systems Energy Assessment measures the total energy demand of businesses, such as health ones. Its developers have concluded that for every barrel of oil equivalent that's counted today — if they are counted at all — four times that number are consumed invisibly. And because they are neither perceived nor counted, no thought is given to their possible replacement. A recent UK study, for example, found that 5 percent of all vehicle movements on British roads are health-related.

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