The project is funded by the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme between Spain and Portugal (POCTEP) 2021-2027 and its "main objective is to implement better energy efficiency practices and innovative technologies in Iberian hospitals to increase energy saving levels," the CHUA said in a statement.

"The relevance of this project is in line with one of POCTEP's priority areas of action, which focuses on implementing actions and projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions," added the hospital centre.

The Algarve Hospital Centre is one of five Portuguese entities in this project, which also includes two Spanish entities.

The total financial allocation from POCTEP 2021-2027 for this Green Hospitals project is 2,485,039 euros, of which 1,863,780 euros will be funded by the ERDF (75 percent co-financing rate).

The Green Hospitals project is a multidimensional approach that includes people, networks of organisations, administrations and buildings, and can contribute not only to reducing the ecological footprint of hospitals but also to increasing the sustainability of Iberian health systems.