Lincolnshire Trust introduces measures ‘to slash carbon emissions’

In embarking upon a trio of major energy-saving projects across its main hospital sites, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been working with sustainability consultant, ETL, on an Energy Performance Contract (EPC)to procure and appoint an energy supplier and ‘negotiate the best possible deal’.

One of England’s largest acute hospital Trusts, the Trust is already a strong performer on sustainability – having cut its carbon footprint by 13 per cent between 2009 and 2015 – against a national average of 10 per cent. As part of its Sustainable Development Management Plan, it is working with Veolia to introduce a new combined heat and power centre at Lincoln County Hospital, funded by Salix Finance. Expected to be operational by mid-2020, the centre will provide ‘more efficient heating and hot water facilities at lower cost’.  

The EPC will also see ‘energy-efficient’ LED lighting fitted across its main hospital sites – Lincoln County (pictured), Grantham Hospital, and Pilgrim Hospital in Boston. The LEDs, funded through the NHSI Energy Efficiency Fund, are expected to last longer than conventional lighting, to provide saving 70 per cent financial and energy savings, and to help enhance the patient and staff environment. The Trust is also planning to utilise Salix Finance to convert the main energy supply at Pilgrim Hospital from heavy fuel oil to gas. Together, the three projects are expected to save over £1.2 million annually.  

Claire Hall, associate director – Strategic Business Planning, in the Trust’s Estates and Facilities team, said: “Sustainability, energy efficiency, and carbon reduction, are at the heart of our management policy. We have already made great strides in reducing our carbon footprint.  By upgrading and investing in sustainable technologies, it’s our ambition to reduce this by 28 per cent by 2021.”

ETL has been working with United Lincolnshire since 2015, and says it has ‘played a central role’ in the selection process and appointment of Veolia, supporting the business case for investment, internal trust engagement, and agreement of a full managed service agreement.

Alexandra Hammond, Sustainability director at ETL, explained: “This was an in-depth piece of work that required detailed understanding of the contractual arrangements, and the Trust’s approach to contract management.” 

The LEDs, funded through the NHSI Energy Efficiency Fund, are expected to last longer than conventional lighting, to provide saving 70 per cent financial and energy savings, and to help enhance the patient and staff environment.  The Trust is also planning to utilise Salix Finance to convert the main energy supply at Pilgrim Hospital from heavy fuel oil to gas. Together, the three projects are expected to save over £1.2 million annually. 

Claire Hall, associate director – Strategic Business Planning, in the Trust’s Estates and Facilities team, said: “Sustainability, energy efficiency, and carbon reduction, are at the heart of our management policy. We have already made great strides in reducing our carbon footprint.  By upgrading and investing in sustainable technologies, it’s our ambition to reduce this by 28 per cent by 2021.”

ETL has been working with United Lincolnshire since 2015, and says it has ‘played a central role’ in the selection process and appointment of Veolia, supporting the business case for investment, internal trust engagement, and agreement of a full managed service agreement.

Alexandra Hammond, Sustainability director at ETL, explained: “This was an in-depth piece of work that required detailed understanding of the contractual arrangements, and the Trust’s approach to contract management.”