Pioneering QE Gateshead achieves green goal early

Posted on Mon, 03/12/2012

QE Gateshead has reached a nationally set target to reduce carbon emissions by 10%, three years early.

It has also become one of the only trusts in the country to sell its unused carbon on the carbon trading markets as part of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.

Every NHS trust in the country has been set a target to reduce their carbon emissions by 10% by 2015 and Gateshead have achieved this early despite several major builds including the Peter Smith Surgery Centre , Jubilee Wing and Beacon Centre, all of which increase day to day energy usage. 

Peter Harding, Director of Estates and Facilities at QE Gateshead said: “We are one of very few trusts in the country that have achieved the target, making these savings even more significant. A lot of the credit must go to our engineering team who identified areas where energy could be saved and worked hard to bring those to fruition.”

“Becoming more green will have a positive knock on effect for patients, in that the money we are saving through our green scheme will be invested back into patient care in Gateshead.”

Some of the tactics that the Trust has implemented to meet the tough target are:

  • Reduced electricity usage by 6%
  • Reduced gas usage by 44.7%
  • Boiler economisers, saving £65,000 in gas consumption
  • Replacing hydraulic lifts in one area with traction control lifts, saving £17,500 in electrical consumption
  • Installation of point of use water heaters at QE Bensham generating savings of £15,000 per year

Under the European Union Emission Trading Scheme this reduction in energy consumption has allowed the Trust to sell 10,000 tonnes of carbon onto the carbon trading markets, generating an income of £140,000. QE Gateshead believes it is the only Trust in the country to have done this. 

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