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NHS Property Services looks to lessen carbon footprint

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) is to begin two new energy contracts with British Gas and Corona Energy in an effort to provide 100% renewable electricity across its properties.

British Gas will provide 100% renewable electricity and Corona will provide natural gas to all NHSPS properties across England by April.

In collaboration with Inspired Energy, NHSPS is responsible for around 11% of the NHS estate, with more than 3,500 properties covering mostly hospitals, health centres and GP surgeries.

By moving to 100% renewable electricity, NHSPS looks to offset over 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

The move follows the launch of the ‘For a greener NHS’ campaign and forms part of NHSPS’s initiative to transform the NHS estate so that it can provide sustainably run buildings to deliver patient care.

The NHS is currently responsible for around 4-5% of the UK’s carbon footprint. Last  September, Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said the NHS would accelerate its efforts to tackle climate change with a series of coordinated measures to reduce its carbon output.

As well as switching to 100% renewable electricity by April, NHSPS is also committing £1.5 million in 2019-20 towards an LED upgrade programme.

Commenting on the deal, Martin Steele, chief operating officer at NHSPS, said: “Switching to 100% renewable electricity for all our buildings is a landmark moment in efforts to transform our NHS portfolio into a sustainable estate. We take our responsibility towards reducing the environmental impact of our buildings very seriously. This move will also help us to improve the wellbeing of our people and patients whilst reducing NHS operating and maintenance costs.”

Posted on: 13/02/2020

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