New Defra regulations ‘to cost NHS £300m’

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is set to heap further pressure on NHS finances by preventing Trusts from participating in energy demand response programmes as it implements the EU Medium Combustion Plant Directive. New analysis shows NHS finances will lose out more than £27 million per year from 2019 once these […]

CHP heals hospitals’ energy bills by £7,500 a day

The Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust has reduced its energy costs by nearly £7,500 a day. It follows the installation of a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, with the hospitals seeing an energy spend reduction of more than £231,000 in the first month’s full service of the CHP. Vital Energi replaced old […]

Challenges in the energy industry?

  Policy uncertainty and making the commercial case for demand side response and battery storage are some of the challenges for end users. Speaking to ELN at Energy Live Expo earlier this month, which attracted more than 550 people, including brokers, suppliers, students and experts from across the sector, an energy manager said the biggest challenge […]

How can embedded generation and demand side response boost income and savings?

Embedded generation and demand side response (DSR) should be on your radar if your business is thinking about generating its own electricity and possibly selling some to the grid. Embedded generation is the production of electricity from technologies, including renewables like solar, wind and biomass or non-renewables, that are directly connected to the distribution network. […]

Green measures heal NHS’ energy costs by £300m

The NHS has saved more than £300 million in energy costs as a result of implementing efficiency and sustainable measures. The announcement was made last week as part of the NHS Sustainability Day, through which it encourages staff to make green changes. It has also saved more than one million tonnes of carbon. NHS Trusts […]

NHS heals its spend by £5m through sustainability

The NHS has saved millions of pounds as a result of implementing energy efficiency and sustainable measures. A new report released by the NHS Sustainability Day campaign highlights both financial and carbon savings achieved through initiatives such waste management and using low carbon vehicles. One of the key projects is Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust […]

NHS ‘could save £414m by cutting emissions’

The NHS and the wider health sector could save £414 million per year by 2020. That’s if they cut a further one million tonnes of carbon emissions annually during the same period, according to a new report by the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU). Its ‘Securing Healthy Returns’ research said areas such as disease prevention, waste, new […]

Windmill powers hospital in King’s Lynn

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn has its very own windmill which is expected to help reduce energy bills. It will generate 1.2 million kWh of green electricity every year, equivalent to powering around 300 homes in the UK and saving nearly 500 tonnes of CO2 annually. The project is a partnership with green electricity provider Ecotricity, […]

NHS ‘unprepared for climate change risks’

Health services in the UK are not prepared for the risks posed by climate change. The warning comes from the new UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, which is made up of leading institutes including royal colleges, medical faculties and publications and doctors’ organisations. Launched yesterday, the group is urging the government to put plans in place to […]

CHP plants to save NHS £1.2m a year on energy

Three NHS sites in Liverpool are to be powered by gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants. That will deliver “guaranteed” financial savings of more than £1.2 million per year in total, according to developer ENGIE. Around 5,000 tonnes of carbon emissions are also estimated to be reduced annually – an average carbon saving of 29%. The French […]