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UCLH Actions - Energy Management

The Trust is committed to improving the energy efficiency of its estate to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in line with or ahead of UK Government and NHS Targets.

The Trust aims to reduce emissions and demonstrate leadership in achieving significant carbon emissions reductions, as proposed by the Saving Carbon, Improving Health - Carbon Reduction Strategy for the NHS in England published at the beginning of 2009.

Through the employment and active implementation of a reduced carbon plan the Trust could save up to 24% on their electricity bill, 27% on their gas bill, with a potential cost saving of around £1.5 million over a 5 year period (taking into consideration the rise in costs and increase in Trust activity).

Staff responsibilities for energy efficiency are clearly set out:

  • It is the duty of all staff to ensure that the consumption of energy is kept to a minimum and minimise their carbon footprint.
  • Estates and Facilities Management should ensure that energy efficiency is key to all activities and incorporate the use of renewables.
  • The Procurement Manager must ensure that suppliers of energy meet demand and confirm correct rates.
  • For construction projects, UCLH will commit to carrying out a POE of each building and refurbishment within 12 months of the hand-over, in order to highlight any issues that need to be addressed.

Energy Champions are nominated from each department to ensure that awareness is communicated to all staff, and to ensure compliance with policy, and that all departments practice sustainability and carbon management. The Energy Champion network was refreshed in 2009 and additional support material has been provided.