Global resource management company Veolia has entered into a 20-year energy performance contract (EPC) that targets savings of a £1 million a year at the 500-bed Rotherham Hospital.
The company aims to implement a wide range of improvements at the South Yorkshire hospital using wide-ranging energy efficiency services to save money and cut its carbon footprint.
Backed by the necessary investment and payback through the Carbon and Energy Fund Procurement framework, the EPC will upgrade energy provision, reduce CO2 emissions by 49,620 tonnes, and build in long-term energy resilience.
Maintaining a modern patient-care environment at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, which treats at least 430,000 patients a year, means that a secure and cost-efficient energy supply is essential.
To meet this energy demand and dramatically reduce the carbon footprint, the projects will cover the design, delivery, installation, commissioning and subsequent operation of a combined heat and power plant to replace seven 40-year-old boilers, and installation of a chiller plant to provide effective air conditioning.
As good lighting has a positive effect on patient treatment and outcomes, the contract includes an upgrade to the hospital's lighting through the installation of 7,000 new fittings using the latest low-energy and LED technology.
Other energy-saving measures will include insulation on pipes and valves and a battery energy storage system. These energy-saving measures will be guaranteed by Veolia, which will also provide a comprehensive 20-year maintenance service.