United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is embarking upon a trio of major LED lighting projects across its main hospital sites thanks to innovative funding.
The 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 for the Trust.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the biggest acute hospital trusts in England, serving a local population of 720,000.
The Trust is already a strong performer on sustainability – reducing its carbon footprint by 13 per cent between 2009 and 2015 – against a national average of 10 per cent.
It will instal energy-efficient LED lighting across its main hospital sites – Lincoln County, Grantham Hospital, and Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.
The LEDs, funded through the NHSI Energy Efficiency Fund, are expected to last longer than conventional lighting, saving up to 70 per cent in money and energy and creating a better environment for patients and staff.
Finally, the Trust intends to utilise Salix Finance to convert the main energy supply at Pilgrim Hospital to gas from heavy fuel oil. This will ensure there is a reliable, lower carbon supply of energy to the site, which is currently working on plans to increase services at the site.
Together, the three projects are expected to save the Trust more than £1.2 million a year.
Claire Hall, Associate Director – Strategic Business Planning, in the Estates and Facilities team, told Lux: ‘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 has played a central role in the selection process and eventual appointment of Veolia, supporting the business case for investment, internal trust engagement and agreement of a full managed service agreement (MSA).
Alexandra Hammond, Sustainability Director at ETL, says: ‘These large-scale, high impact projects will play a critical role if the NHS is to reach its ambition of being a net zero carbon health service. This was an in-depth piece of work that required detailed understanding of the contractual arrangements and the Trust’s approach to contract management.”