Tenth of NHS estate to be powered by renewable energy

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has announced 100% of its energy needs will come from renewables by April 2020.

The organisation, which is responsible for 10% of the NHS estate, has signed a contract with British Gas, which will provide 100% renewable electricity to all NHSPS properties across England by April 2020. 

By moving to 100% renewable electricity, NHSPS will offset more than 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. The NHS is currently responsible for up to 5% of the UK’s carbon footprint. 

“Switching to 100% renewable electricity for all our buildings is a landmark moment in efforts to transform our NHS portfolio into a sustainable estate,” said Martin Steele, chief operating officer at NHSPS. 

“We take our responsibility towards reducing the environmental impact of our buildings very seriously. This move will also help us improve the wellbeing of our people and patients whilst reducing NHS operating and maintenance costs.”

The change to renewable electricity will not increase costs to either NHSPS tenants or NHSPS itself. The contracts form part of a new procurement strategy, to deliver the best prices in the market, while managing risk and maintaining budget certainty.

The move follows the launch of the ‘For a greener NHS’ campaign last year.

In January, Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, announced the health service had established a panel to explore changes the NHS can make in its supply chain and through wider partnerships to meet the government’s target for the UK to be net-zero for carbon emissions by 2050.

The panel will look at how technology can be better used to reduce the amount of unnecessary trips taken by patients to and from hospitals, as well as changes that can be made in NHS medical devices, consumables and pharmaceutical supply as well as moving towards renewable energy use.

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