EPC to deliver £1m annual savings at Rotherham facility

Veolia, working through its specialist energy performance contracting team, is to deliver a 20-year Energy Performance Contract (EPC) that will target annual savings of over £1 million through the implementation of a wide range of carbon-saving improvements at the 500- bedded Rotherham Hospital.

Entered into with the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, the EPC is backed by investment and payback through the Carbon and Energy Fund Procurement framework, and – Veolia says – will not only see the hospital’s energy provision upgraded but will also reduce CO2 emissions by 49,620 tonnes and’ build long-term energy resilience’.

Veolia explained: “The Trust treats over 430,000 patients annually, making a secure and cost- efficient energy supply essential. To meet this energy demand, and dramatically reduce its carbon footprint, the projects will cover the design, delivery, installation, commissioning, and subsequent operation, of combined heat and power plant, replacement of seven 40-year old boilers, and installation of a chiller plant to provide effective air-conditioning.”

Lighting at the hospital will also be upgraded ‘to the latest low energy and LED technology’ through the installation of 7,000 new fittings. Further energy-saving measures will include insulation on pipes and valves, and a battery energy storage system. The measures will be guaranteed by Veolia, which will also provide a comprehensive 20-year maintenance service.  Gavin Graveson, Executive Vice-President, Veolia UK & Ireland said, “Energy performance contracts have shown that they make a major contribution to meeting the NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England, and the ambition for the NHS to help drive change towards a low carbon society. Better still, this also helps the NHS to become more sustainable and focus budgets on patient care.”