December 2022 marked the opening of Devizes Health Centre in Wiltshire to patients. But what makes this site so special? And how is it helping to tackle climate change? James Wakeham, principal construction manager at NHS Property Services (NHSPS), explains

The NHS has made a start towards net zero, but with less than ten years left to achieve an 80 per cent emissions, sophisticated tools will increasingly become a necessity, says Stephen Lowndes of the Carbon & Energy fund

Meeting the sustainability goals of the NHS Long Term Plan

David Powlesland asks what role does the health sector have to play in tackling the climate emergency?

Energy strategies in healthcare estates

A new guide to energy best practice for healthcare estates has been published. David Mackey outlines the background to the guide

Hospitals need energy - a lot of energy

The Solar Trade Association suggests that it is time that hospitals started to manipulate their large spaces to save energy.

Health Business hears from Brendan Rouse on how Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children made great progress in reducing its energy demand and becoming more sustainable last year.

An ideal way to help power our hospitals

The potential environmental and financial benefits of having more hospital buildings fitted with solar systems is very worthwhile, says Chris Roberts of the Solar Trade Association.

Generating savings through heat and power

The news that seven acute hospitals made zero carbon at zero cost to the NHS, is just one success story showing that it has been a busy year for the Carbon and Energy Fund, David Mackey reports.

Analysis undertaken for Department of Health a few years ago by BRE indicated that the emissions of average existing hospitals could  potentially be reduced by 25 per cent if all good and best practice energy measures were applied, writes Chris Hall, BRE’s health sector lead

The second annual NHS Sustainability Awards took place on 16 April and recognised Trusts and Ambulance Services for their efforts to improve environmental performance and health.

Rising energy costs and strict legislation on carbon emissions are making renewable energy more appealing to hospitals. Here is a look at some hospitals embracing a greener type of energy

A full energy audit, coupled with a robust energy policy, can demonstrate an organisation’s commitment to the sustainability agenda. Chris Moriarty from the British Institute of Facilities Management explains how to develop a successful energy policy

The use of renewable energies in healthcare settings has taken off in recent years, with clinical leaders coming round to the cost and environmental benefits it can bring. Yasir Khan of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme outlines an assurance framework for energy consumers

Pilgrim Hospital in Boston is heated by one of the most ambitious biomass projects the UK has seen. United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trusts’ Kevin Thoy talks about how it is cutting carbon and costs

Identifying measures that optimise carbon and financial savings in the complex NHS environment often requires specialist support, and the government-backed Green Investment Bank is well placed to provide that help, writes Gregor Paterson-Jones


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