Greater insight on ‘wasted energy’ could be the key

Neil Campbell, Chief Sales officer at eEnergy, discusses some of the ways that healthcare estates teams can lower the amount of energy wasted in their buildings, and some of the other – in many cases relatively straightforward and inexpensive – steps they can take to reduce the carbon footprint of their estate and play their part in the NHS achieving its Net Zero goals.

In July 2022, the NHS made a major commitment to decarbonisation, and its landmark pledge to achieve Net Zero by 2040 was a world-first for health services. 

Healthcare is one of the nation’s highest energy-consuming industries, with the NHS responsible for 4% of the UK’s total carbon emissions. With the total energy bill for NHS Trusts standing at over £1.5 bn for 2022/23, there is a huge opportunity for healthcare institutions, public and private, to implement an affordable and accessible energy action plan that reduces waste, bills, and carbon emissions. With this plan in place, healthcare organisations can put money back into what matters the most – excellent patient care

However, how can NHS Trusts and other healthcare bodies start or continue their Net Zero journey at a time when sustainability targets are widely viewed as too expensive, and at times, seemingly impossible? Also, how can they best track and measure Net Zero progress with volatile energy prices and slashed budgets? Evidently, it’s a challenge that requires collaboration, including private sector expertise, finance, and technology to support them. 

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