A new report provides conclusive evidence on the enormous power of energy efficiency to revolutionise the NHS.
‘Securing healthy returns; Realising the financial value of sustainable development,’ evidences the cumulative savings from energy measures implemented in England since 2007.
The stats are stunning; £540m has been invested over eight years in technologies such as LED lighting, insulation and better energy control. These technologies have saved £1.85bn over that time, cutting £190m off the 2016 NHS energy bill.
“The evidence presented here shows we don’t always have to choose between saving financial resources or protecting the environment, indeed, the most effective investments can often save money, improve health now, and safeguard the environment on which all future health depends,” said John Holden, Director of Policy Partnership & Innovation, NHS England.
The report amounts to a major signal to the sector; a clarion call for NHS Facilities Managers to wake up now to the major wins energy efficiency provides.
The future; the NHS must embed energy efficiency
“We’ve already played an integral role in upgrading the Building Management System (BMS) at NHS sites including Royal United Hospital in Bath, and Chesterfield Royal Hospital,” said Gareth Barber, Managing Director, BG Energy Solutions.
“As has been demonstrated at both of these organisations, the right building controls strategies are essential. They are designed to provide a comfortable climate for building occupants while ensuring this is delivered with the lowest possible energy consumption. Energy is 40% of the life costs and 50% of the running costs of a building.
“We know the crucial role energy efficiency plays in the NHS. As such we’re delighted to see this report, and we are available every day to take calls, and communicate with other hospitals on how we can help with their energy efficiency needs.”
On carbon and cost benefits, the report estimates the NHS as a whole sector could save £414 million and 1 million tonnes of carbon per year by 2020.
“In addition to the legal and scientific reasons for taking sustainable development and climate change seriously, there are equally important financial and organisational reasons for action,” said Michael Brodie, Finance and Commercial Director, Public Health England.
“In PHE, we have already saved millions of pounds and reduced our carbon footprint by rationalising processes and estate.”
Gareth Barber believes now is the time for truly powerful, modern energy efficient systems to take pride of place at the heart of the NHS.
“We are justly proud of the NHS,” he said. “We must give it the cutting edge tech it requires to service our people into the future.
“A modern energy efficient hospital is a safer, kinder, healthier place. Add in the solid financial argument this paper evidences, the carbon benefits, and we see clearly the path that lies before us.”