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Prinses Máxima Centrum

Princess Máxima Center signs Green Deal Sustainable Care 

On 2 June 2022, board member Gita Gallé will sign the Green Deal Sustainable Care on behalf of the Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology. By doing so, the Máxima Center commits itself to the four goals of the Green Deal: reducing CO2 emissions, working in a circular way, reducing the amount of medicine residues in the water and promoting a healthy environment in healthcare.  

Sustainability was an important starting point in the construction of the new center. For example, there are 1500 solar panels on the roof of the center, there is a system for heat and cold storage and sustainable company clothing is worn. But the Máxima Center wants to go further with its sustainability policy. 'In the coming years we will choose the green/sustainable option in all new replacements and investments,' says Gita Gallé. 'Our sustainability ambitions stem from our mission: to cure every child with cancer, with optimal quality of life. A livable world is in the best interest of the children of today and in the future!'

Working circularly 

The Máxima Center aims to achieve a C02 emission reduction of at least 49% in 2030 compared to 2019. By 2050, the entire real estate portfolio will be low carbon. Circular working is promoted, among other things, by including environmental and sustainability requirements in the procurement policy. Initiatives in the area of circular working in healthcare and research are encouraged.  The Máxima Center plays a leading role in the Green Lab project that aims to make research more sustainable. For example, a pilot project was conducted to recycle plastic lab materials into new lab materials using a 3D printer.  

Medicine residues 

The Máxima Center will reduce the amount of medicine residues in surface water and groundwater through a targeted policy in the area of return medication: medication that is returned or not collected will be reused as much as possible. The pediatric oncology center also wants to prevent the wasting of medications, for example by issuing several doses from one package.  

Healthy environment  

In the Princess Máxima Center, a healing environment has been created that promotes the health of children, parents and staff. Movement, meeting people, privacy, personal control, daylight and greenery were important principles in the design of the building. For example, there are parent-child rooms with outdoor space that meet the need for exercise and privacy and numerous facilities that stimulate child development.  

The signing will take place during a mini-symposium on sustainability initiatives in the Princess Máxima Center.

Want to know more about the sustainable choices of the Máxima Center? Watch the video: