A spokesman for a leading outsourcing firm says that NHS trusts need to explore their potential for on-site energy.

Director of asset management at MITIE, Mark Denham said that trusts needed to view their residual waste arisings as a potential fuel source that could be exploited on-site through energy recovery, reports Edie Waste.

“One of the trends we are seeing among NHS trusts is waste-to-energy, we’re seeing that energy conversation being brought increasingly into waste talks – especially around the thermal treatment of clinical waste,” he told delegates.

Royal Free Hospital, London

He referred to the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in Hampstead that is using combined heat and power and generating direct savings of £1.7m annually as well as displacing over 20% of carbon emissions.

“Moving the heat is just the beginning, there is also a community benefit. Surplus heat from the trust will be exported to 1,500 council home tenants and help to alleviate fuel poverty,” he said.

Denham added that selling surplus heat onto the council would generate around £1M in annual revenue for the trust, an amount “enough to provide an intensive care bed for an additional 588 days.”

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