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11.11.13

NHS energy schemes to share £50m

Energy-reducing schemes will be awarded a share of £50m to cut carbon and save the NHS up to £13.7m a year, the DH has announced.

The fund will include money for electric cars, conferencing equipment, replaced insulation and systems to shut down idle and inactive equipment. The schemes are expected to save almost 200 million kilowatts in energy equipment and reduce CO2 emissions up to 5.6 million tonnes per year.

Health minister Dr Dan Poulter said: “This summer I launched the procurement roadmap showing how our NHS could be run more efficiently and how we could reduce the running costs of NHS buildings and estates. These energy efficiency schemes will help our NHS to make £13.7m of savings each and every year.

“Winter is fast approaching and we are all looking at ways to reduce our energy bills while keeping our homes warm and well-lit. Our NHS is one of the largest users of energy in the country. And just like the rest of us, hospitals should be doing everything they can to reduce the amount they spend.

“These schemes demonstrate the easy ways our NHS can make improvements to help power hospitals more efficiently, save on energy bills, and reduce their carbon emissions. Money saved will be reinvested directly in to patient care.”

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