The UK Green Buildings Council recently identified that hospitals are the poorest performing public sector buildings in terms of carbon emissions. This comes at a time when NHS Trusts are facing growing pressure on their budgets, the Carbon Reduction Commitment comes into effect, and the remaining opportunities to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions are limited.The single largest energy efficiency improvement a trust can make is installing a Combined Heat and Power CHP plant. Due to their high demand for round-the-clock energy, hospitals are ideally suited to make use of CHP or form the basis of a district heating and/or cooling scheme. It is also a solution that fits the current requirements of a very short payback period 3-5 years and can be purchased with little or no capital outlay. This potential was highlighted in the NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy set out by the NHS Sustainable Development Unit SDU, which called for CHP deployment to be increased to the maximum potential by 2020.
British NHS to receive guidance on CHP