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10% of NHS estate to switch to renewable electricity

It follows the launch of the For a greener NHS campaign and is part of NHS Property Services’ drive to provide sustainably run buildings that help to deliver excellent patient care.

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NHSPS claims the move to renewable will offset more than 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year
NHSPS claims the move to renewable will offset more than 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has today announced two new energy contracts via Inspired Energy, which will see more than 10 per cent of NHS estate switch to 100 per cent renewable electricity in April.

 

NHSPS is responsible for around 11 per cent of the NHS estate, totalling more than 34 million square feet, with over 3,500 properties and 5,000 employees.

 

British Gas will provide 100 per cent renewable electricity and Corona will provide natural gas to all their properties across England by April 2020.

 

Procurement strategy

 

By moving to 100 per cent renewable electricity, NHSPS claims it will offset more than 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. It said the use of renewable electricity won’t increase costs to either NHSPS tenants or NHSPS itself. With the implementation of a new procurement strategy, as part of the new contracts, it will be able to deliver some of the best prices in the market, while managing risk and maintaining budget certainty.

 

The move follows the launch of the For a greener NHS campaign and forms part of NHSPS helping to transform the NHS estate so that it can provide sustainably run buildings that help to deliver excellent patient care.

 

The NHS is currently responsible for around 4-5 per cent of the UK’s carbon footprint. In September 2019, Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said the NHS would be accelerating its efforts to tackle climate change with a series of co-ordinated measures to reduce its carbon output – saying that the health service should also embolden staff to lead discussions with the public about wider measures needed to address climate change.

“Switching to 100 per cent renewable electricity for all our buildings is a landmark moment in efforts to transform our NHS portfolio into a sustainable estate."

As well as switching to 100 per cent renewable electricity by April 2020, NHSPS is also committing £1.5m in 2019/20 towards an LED upgrade programme, among other measures.

 

As well as being responsible for over 11 per cent of the NHS estate itself, NHSPS provides property and facilities management expertise to the NHS. At a time of major change and increasing demand for the NHS, NHS Property Services is aiming to reduce costs and help create a more fit for purpose estate and generate funds which are reinvested back into the NHS estate to support improvements in frontline patient care.

 

Martin Steele, chief operating officer at NHS Property Services, said: “Switching to 100 per cent renewable electricity for all our buildings is a landmark moment in efforts to transform our NHS portfolio into a sustainable estate.

 

“We take our responsibility towards reducing the environmental impact of our buildings very seriously. This move will also help us to improve the wellbeing of our people and patients whilst reducing NHS operating and maintenance costs.”

 

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