London hospital's major new energy centre to reduce yearly carbon emissions by 6,000 tonnes

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A London hospital has undergone a major overhaul of its energy facilities, which will cut its yearly carbon dioxide emissions by 20% (6,000 tonnes) – the equivalent to taking 3,000 cars off the road.

The new energy centre, launched at St George’s
Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, features two combined heat and power (CHP) units, alongside four boilers, a ‘highly efficient’ chiller system and energy efficient lighting and controls.

The project, which is being delivered by Centrica, will deliver ‘almost all’ the power needed to run the hospital, and will save £1mn year in running costs, according to the company. It is part of a 15-year Energy Performance Contract that will include operations and maintenance support.

Jorge Pikunic, Managing Director of Centrica Business Solutions, said: ‘I believe this is one of the most significant energy projects in the country, and a demonstration of how energy technologies can be combined to transform ageing infrastructure to make it more resilient, reduce costs and make a positive impact in the environment.’

With 960 beds set across 36 wards, in addition to 24 large operating theatres, St George’s is the largest healthcare provider in south-west London and treats around 1mn patients a year.

Kevin Howell, Director of Estates and Facilities at St George’s said: ‘The NHS is focused on social, financial and environmental sustainability, and this project places St Geroge’s at the forefront of these efforts.’

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