Reduce waste to be disposed
Emissions from waste result in at least 3 percent of AKU’s operational footprint from the incineration of clinical (biohazardous) waste, offsite landfills of other wastes via the municipal waste management system, burial of construction waste materials, and recycling (through energy use) of relevant materials.
Measuring progress in waste management
Active waste management starts with reducing waste.
In June 2021, the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi initiated a pilot waste management project to educate front line hospital staff on correct waste separation: biohazardous waste disposal was limited to centralised wheeler bins and other wastes to general waste bins only. It led to a 25 percent reduction of waste for incineration in the pilot ward and lessons learnt will be expanded to other areas of the hospital.
AKU is also studying how heat from the incinerator can be captured and used to reduce energy demand for other purposes.
A plastics campaign is also underway, starting with single use plastic bottles, spreading information on waste reduction, and taking responsibility not just for staff and students, but also for university visitors and patient attendants.