The Centre for Sustainable Energy recently found that UK hospitals are one of the highest average carbon dioxide emitters in the country. In fact, energy along makes up almost one quarter of the National Health Service (NHS) carbon footprint. This Accenture report discusses new ways for hospitals to optimize their energy usage, with no capital outlay, to both reduce their carbon footprint and cut estate operating costs by up to 35 percent.
Key steps such as upgrading of boilers, insulation and lighting can make a huge difference, as demonstrated by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust, which reportedly spent more than £10 million on energy in 2004 alone, but has managed annual savings of £1.7 million a year by investing in energy efficiency projects. No responsible facilities, property or financial manager can afford to ignore the opportunities presented by smarter building management.