Cheshire hospital grins at prospect of £2.5m energy savings

Two NHS hospitals in East Cheshire are hoping to swab down their carbon footprint by 30% and save £2.5 million on their energy bills with a revamped energy system. The […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Two NHS hospitals in East Cheshire are hoping to swab down their carbon footprint by 30% and save £2.5 million on their energy bills with a revamped energy system.

The region’s NHS Trust is getting a 530kWe combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Macclesfield District General Hospital.

Macclesfield is also replacing inefficient electric radiators, pumps and ageing electric chillers, insulation of valves and pipe work and boosts to the building’s energy management system.

The acute hospital and Congleton War Memorial hospitals are also having 3,250 light fittings replaced with high efficiency LED lighting, as well as improving their boilers’ efficiency.

It could tot up to carbon dioxide emissions cuts of around 2,049 tonnes per year, equivalent to taking 683 cars off the road.

Robert Few, Head of Estates Operations for East Cheshire NHS Trust said: “By generating our own energy supply on-site at Macclesfield District General Hospital – via CHP – we will dramatically reduce our dependence on higher cost power sourced from the grid, while boosting our environmental performance.

“The modern new energy infrastructure will be paid for via the cost savings we make, with any surplus savings retained by the trust.”

The energy services contract was tendered and backed through the Carbon and Energy Fund (CEF), which helps participating Trusts on projects and getting access to capital funding. Energy consultant ENER-G is designing, building and operating the project.