The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) will be launching a new NHS energy efficiency financing programme next month, which aims to help Trusts and Health Boards bolster their budgets by implementing energy efficiency measures, writes Edie.net.
The NHS deals with more than one million patients every 36 hours working across 2,300 hospitals, making it a heavy user of energy because of its size and activities.
According to a report last year by the Tax Payers Alliance, NHS sites across England, including hospitals, spent more than £630m on energy in 2012-13.
UK GIB managing director for energy efficiency, Gregor Paterson-Jones said: “The NHS estate offers a huge opportunity for cost savings through energy efficiency. The time is right – the technology is mature and well proven, we have some very positive case studies showing what’s possible and all public bodies have to face the risks of rising energy costs and ongoing budget pressures”.