Veolia is helping the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust to save money and cut carbon emissions using wide-ranging energy-efficiency measures.
Under a 20-year Energy Performance Contract (EPC), the partnership will generate savings of over £1m a year through the implementation of a wide range of improvements at the 500-bed Rotherham Hospital.
Backed by the necessary investment and payback through the Carbon and Energy Fund Procurement framework, the EPC will upgrade energy provision, reduce CO2 emissions by 49,620 tonnes, and build long-term energy resilience.
The trust treats over 430,000 patients each year, so a secure and cost-efficient energy supply is essential.
To meet this demand, and dramatically reduce the trust’s carbon footprint; the projects will cover the design, delivery, installation, commissioning and subsequent operation of combined heat and power plant, replacement of seven 40-year-old boilers, and installation of a chiller plant to provide effective air conditioning.
And, as good lighting levels have a positive effect on patient treatment and outcomes, the contract will also see the upgrade of lighting to take advantage of the latest low-energy and LED technology through the installation of 7,000 new fittings .
Further energy-saving measures will include insulation on pipes and valves, and a battery energy storage system.
These measures will be guaranteed by Veolia, which will also provide a comprehensive 20-year maintenance service.
Commenting on this latest EPC project, Gavin Graveson, executive vice-president of Veolia UK & Ireland, said: “Energy performance contracts have shown that they make a major contribution to meeting the NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England (CRS) and the ambition for the NHS to help drive change towards a low-carbon society.
“Better still, this also helps the NHS to become more sustainable and focus budgets on patient care.”