Veolia, in partnership with the Carbon and Energy Fund Ireland (CEFI), is to carry out a new Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with St James’s Hospital in Dublin.
Under the EPC agreement, Veolia will install and operate energy-efficient equipment in the hospital.
The 20-year contract to operate and maintain the equipment was awarded to Veolia after a competitive public tendering process. The EPC implementation is the largest of its kind in Irish healthcare so far.
The deal aims to create €26 million in guaranteed energy and operational savings. This will enable the hospital’s carbon footprint to be cut by about 118,380 tonnes, which will cut use of electricity by 26 per cent a year. The new energy-efficient equipment will also reduce the dependency on the Dublin 8 electrical grid and help the hospital to reach its 2030 climate targets.
Veolia will replace water boilers, lighting and air conditioning units and provide combined heat and power (CHP) solutions for the hospital.
Mary Day, CEO of St James’s Hospital, said: “The hospital has always been committed to innovation and the Energy Performance Contract allows us to lead the way as a sustainable healthcare provider, while continuing to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff.”
Installation works got under way in July 2020 and will be completed by December.
Vincent Callan, FM director at St James’s Hospital, said: “As Ireland’s largest acute academic teaching hospital, we serve thousands of patients, visitors and staff each year which results in high energy usage. Through our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint, we were determined to find a way to reduce our energy usage while delivering on our key objective; providing safe and high-quality care for our patients in a sustainable hospital environment.”
John Lambe, Veolia Ireland’s business development director, said: “This is a perfect example of the importance of investing in energy-efficient and low-carbon systems, and we look forward to working with St James’s Hospital to help towards achieving its environmental targets.”
The project will be funded by the Ireland Energy Efficiency Fund (IEEF) and ethical Irish pension fund investors and managed by Sustainable Development Capital LLP.
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