£6.3 Million Plan to Save Energy at Wirral Hospital
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
Arrowe Park Hospital is situated on the Wirral and the hospital is undertaking a major project to do a green makeover on the entire premises to reduce their carbon footprint and to do their part in improving the environment as well. It has been decided by two hospitals, namely Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge that a move to a more environmentally friendly system would be beneficial and it is estimated that they will save in the region of 6,200 tonnes of carbon emissions each year which is the same as removing almost 4,000 motor vehicles from the roads.
The hospitalís administrators have said that the greening of the hospitals should save them in the region of £250,000 per annum, which would be a reduction in their bills of 25%. The greening is being funded by the Carbon and Energy Fund which has made long term funds available for such projects. The hospitals say that they would not have been able to accomplish this without the assistance from the Fund.
The greening project will be carried out under the management of a North West Energy specialist called ENER-G over a period of 15 years, and they will be doing the design as well as the building and operation of the new low carbon energy systems that will be implemented. The basis of the system is the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology which will ultimately allow the hospitals to provide their own low carbon energy supply by means of pumps, boilers, lighting, coolers and water efficiency measures. The work on installing the systems should be accomplished by late summer this year and ENER-G guarantee that the project will deliver the yearly savings in energy over the next 15 years.
The director of estates and facilities for the Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is Mr David Hounslea. He is very positive about the savings that can be accomplished with the reduction of the carbon footprint that can be achieved at these two Acute Hospitals, and he says that the savings will be able to finance the project. The scheme has already brought several changes on board and has managed to reduce emissions by 14,000 tonnes per annum since the start of the green energy project in 1999.
ENER-G director Alan Barlow says that more than 50 hospitals have already taken on the scheme and has expressed his delight that Wirral has decided to join the initiative. He is certain that the expertise available from his company will have the hospitals producing low carbon energy which will not place a burden upon either the hospital or the tax payer, and will not have adverse effects on the budgetary constraints that hospitals are already under.
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