London hospitals’ energy check up could save £1m

Two London hospitals are hoping to save £1 million on their energy bills and cut energy use by 10% with a new energy performance contract. Guy’s and St Thomas’ is […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Two London hospitals are hoping to save £1 million on their energy bills and cut energy use by 10% with a new energy performance contract.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is one of the biggest NHS trusts in the UK with an yearly turnover of £1.2 billion and 13,200 staff.

It provides more than 2 million patient contacts in acute and specialist hospital services and community services every year.

The Trust already has combined heat and power (CHP) units which save almost 11,300 tonnes per year.

The new project will be delivered by British Gas and London-based partner Breathe Energy using technology which could include renewable energy, efficient heating, air con and ventilation (HVAC), new lighting, automated controls and upgrades to their building management system (BMS).

Patients and visitors will start to see work taking place from the end of the year, said British Gas.

Alexandra Hammond, Sustainability Manager at Guy’s and St Thomas’ said: “The 10% energy saving is a minimum target and I hope we will see even better results.

“In 2009 we installed our combined heat and power engines that save more than £2 million a year. But there is still more we can do to improve sustainability and save money.”

Mike Chessum, Head of Energy Performance at British Gas added: “Helping find ways to save money on energy bills which can be re-invested back into patient care is so important to many NHS Trusts that we work with.”