£15.4m efficiency project to heal NHS’ energy spend

The NHS has secured funding worth £15.4 million for an energy efficiency project. It includes the construction of an energy centre at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee, which […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The NHS has secured funding worth £15.4 million for an energy efficiency project.

It includes the construction of an energy centre at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee, which will provide 90% of the power and 100% of the heat for the facility.

LED lighting and insulation will also be installed at Perth Royal Infirmary and Stracathro Hospital near Brechin as part of the project.

They are expected to help NHS Tayside, one of the 14 regions of NHS Scotland, cut energy costs by 10%.

It has signed a 25-year performance contract with Vital Energi, which will be responsible for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of the project.

Aviva Investors is investing £15.4 million in the project, which includes a £7.7 million indirect investment from the UK Green Investment Bank.

Scotland Office Minister Andrew Dunlop said: “This is an extremely welcome announcement as it combines enlightened investment with energy efficiency and the best of Scottish innovation. This centre will make a real difference to the costs of providing energy to hospitals in Tayside and is another example of UK institutional investors supporting infrastructure projects which will be of benefit to the wider public.”

Earlier this year, ELN covered the NHS Sustainability Day when it encourages its staff to do “one thing differently”.