Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter today announced
nearly 70 schemes across the country which will reduce the NHS energy bill by
up to £13.7 million per year. The schemes include PC Power Management which is
already enabling NHS organisations to save millions of pounds on electricity bills as
well as prevent thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions.
The expected saving of £13.7 million a year is
enough to pay for 18,500 cataract operations or 2,300 hip replacements.
As well as financial savings these schemes will save
almost 200 million kilowatts in energy consumption and reduce CO2 emissions up
to 5.6 million tonnes a year.
The winning schemes include:
- St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals have been
given £22,094 to install a new system to automatically shut down idle and
inactive computers. This will save up to £57,000 a year.
- Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust have been
given £525,000 for electric cars, new conferencing equipment and a more
efficient appointments system, set to reduce staff travel by 750,000 miles a
year. This will save up to £326,069 a year.
- Addenbrookes Hospital have been given £58,618 to
remove and replace insulation for boilers and pipes, to reduce wasted heat
energy and help them to better control temperatures. This will save up to
£61,163 a year.
Minister Dr Dan Poulter said:
This summer I launched the procurement roadmap
showing how our NHS could be run more efficiently and how we could reduce the
running costs of NHS buildings and estates. These energy efficiency schemes will
help our NHS to make £13.7 million of savings each and every year.
These schemes demonstrate the easy
ways our NHS can make improvements to help power hospitals more efficiently,
save on energy bills, and reduce their carbon emissions. Money saved will be
reinvested directly in to patient care.
The NHS spends approximately £600
million a year on energy. Hospitals run a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year
service and it takes a huge amount of energy to power lifesaving equipment such
as intensive care beds and operating theatres.
St Helens and Knowsley NHS Teaching
Hospitals are implementing a new system to automatically shut down computers
that have been left unused for over 15 minutes. The system also included the
option to customise computer shut down – such as setting all admin computers to
shut down out of working hours.
This programme has been awarded
£22,094 and is expected to save £57,508 a year.