In a recent report (March 2015) the National Audit Office (NAO) says the NHS can achieve the largest carbon and cost savings in building energy use by installing combined heat and power (CHP) in acute trusts.
The total NHS carbon footprint is of the order of 3% of the total UK carbon footprint. In its new ‘NHS and Sustainability’ report to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, the NAO estimates that the NHS could save £180 million a year by reducing carbon emissions. This would pay for approximately 7,750 registered nurses. The report states the largest carbon and cost savings could be achieved by combined heat and power installations in acute trusts.
CHP has been adopted by many trusts and has been championed by the NHS Sustainable Development Unit and the Carbon and Energy Fund, which have worked with trusts and private sector CHP providers to decarbonise energy infrastructure across the NHS estate. The cost savings and carbon benefits are substantial and allow trusts to plough money back into much needed staff resource and facilities.
The report states :
“The 2014 Sustainable Development Strategy set a target of 34% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (1990 baseline) across the health and social care system. In 2012, the NHS footprint was 6% below the 1990 baseline. A 34% reduction by 2020 would require an average of 4% reduction per year between 2013 and 2020.”
HWEnergy & VEP Biomass CHP Solutions
The 2014 Sustainable Development Strategy set a target for a 34% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across the health and social care system by 2020, compared to the 1990 baseline.
In 2012, the NHS footprint was 6% below the baseline, which means that a 4% reduction is required per year from 2013 to 2020. Biomass fuelled CHP systems are seen to be a big part of this reduction since they are highly efficient and use the waste heat from power generation for on site heating and cooling. It is unsurprising therefore that the report says
“CHP has an ambitious role to play in achieving the necessary quick win carbon savings to work towards this ambitious target.”
HWEnergy has partnered with Austrian experts to provide a series of CHP solutions which are suitable for public and private sector applications. The units can be put together to create a greater electricity and heat output. Read more about the CHP systems available or come and meet us at All Energy at Stand HIE80 on May 6/7 to talk to us in person.
The NAO report will inform an Environmental Audit Committee inquiry. It is available here.