Report finds CHP biggest saver for UK NHS

Combined heat and power (CHP) could save the UK‘s National Health Service (NHS) à‚£26.4 million ($34.6 million) per year, according to a report released this week.à‚ 

The Securing Healthy Returns report from NHS England’s Sustainable Development Unit found that, out of 18 sustainability measures reviewed, installing CHP systems offered the highest potential yearly cost savings, as well as the potential to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 3750 tonnes.

In total, the report found that overall energy efficiency measures could save the NHS à‚£400 million and reduce carbon emissions by 1 million tonnes per year by 2020.

The case studies cited in the report included Rampton Hospital in Nottinghamshire, which replaced a coal-fired heating plant with a CHP system and a wood chip boiler, reducing energy costs by 44%, saving around à‚£790,000 per year and cutting 8614 tonnes of CO2.

York Teaching Hospital, which installed a large CHP system, saved à‚£680,000 per year in energy costs and cut 2997 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

The NHS has been tasked by the government with finding à‚£22 billion in efficiency savings within five years.à‚ 

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