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Veolia to optimise energy performance across three hospitals for Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

8 november 2017

Energy Performance Contract will target savings of £1.3 million per year

Global resource management company Veolia, working through its specialist energy performance contracting team, is now helping the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust increase energy efficiency, save money and cut carbon emissions.  By delivering a 15 year Energy Performance Contract (EPC) that will target savings of £1.3 million per annum the company will implement a wide range of improvements at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Furness General Hospital and Westmorland General Hospital.
 
A secure and cost efficient energy supply is essential to maintain a modern patient care environment for the Trust which has 734 beds and serves a population of 365,000 people. To meet this energy demand a key part of the projects will cover the design, delivery, installation, commissioning and subsequent operation of two 800kW CHP units that will reduce annual CO2 emissions by 2,500 tonnes.

In addition to generating electricity for the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Furness General Hospital, the CHPs will provide Low Temperature Hot Water (LTHW) at Furness, and steam through a waste heat boiler at the Lancaster facility.  On both sites the CHPs will be connected to the Trust HV network via a new step-up transformer and ring main unit. 
 
Good lighting levels have a positive effect on patient outcomes in the healthcare environment and the contract will upgrade the lighting to take advantage of the latest LED technology through the installation of new fittings on all three sites. Further energy saving measures will include new pumps and the energy saving measures will be guaranteed by Veolia who will also provide a comprehensive 15 year maintenance service for the CHP units.
 
Commenting on this latest EPC project, Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia’s Senior Executive Vice-President, UK & Ireland said, “Enabling the NHS to become more sustainable, and helping to focus budgets on patient care is very important as it enhances facilities and directly improves healthcare. Energy performance contracts now meet these aims by delivering the necessary investment and payback to upgrade energy provision, reduce carbon emissions and build long term energy resilience. We look forward to working with the Trust and helping them meet the Department of Health’s Sustainable Development Unit model for NHS organisations.”
 

Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President, UK & Ireland:
“Enabling the NHS to become more  sustainable,  and helping to focus budgets on patient care is very important as it enhances facilities and directly improves healthcare."


The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust provides services to a population of 365,000 through Furness General Hospital in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal and two centres - Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe and Ulverston Community Health Centre. Furness General Hospital and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and Consultant led beds. Westmorland General Hospital provides a range of General Hospital services, together with a Primary Care Assessment Service.
 
Delivering energy management to hospitals since 1938, Veolia currently provides energy management to 108 hospitals in the UK and Ireland which support the energy requirements for around 7.9 million patients each year. This increases sustainability of the healthcare sector by annually saving 119,000 tonnes of CO2emissions.