As part of her tour she was given information on the hospital’s pioneering energy efficiency project with Schneider Electric, which is set to save the hospital £17million, over the next 20 years.
The project, which is the first of its kind in the UK healthcare sector, will deliver substantial energy efficiency measures at Musgrove Park Hospital. The project is self-funding, and includes the cost of replacing old energy inefficient infrastructure and equipment as well as essential new estate projects financed by the fuel savings achieved, meaning there is zero cost to the tax payer.
Tessa was very impressed by the project saying, “This kind of innovative work is an example to other large employers in the area and with no up-front cost to the tax-payer it will soon be an exemplar for the whole of the NHS. Cutting CO2 emissions and offsetting the cost from future fuel savings is at the essence of the Green Deal, part of the Energy Bill currently going through Parliament.”
Under the project, Musgrove Park’s average energy consumption is set to be reduced by more than 40% and its carbon emissions will be cut by 43% in 20 years – the best of any UK public sector organisation.
24th August 2011