A Shropshire hospital is demonstrating its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by investing more than £500,000 in a state-of-the-art Combined Heat and Power (CHP) System.
The Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital expects to halve the electricity it has to purchase from the National Grid as a result of installing the system, and anticipates making savings of close to £90,000 in the first year.
And the environmental benefits are clear as well, with staff from The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, forecasting that it will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,000 tonnes per year – a drop of around 20 per cent.
Dave Thomas, Senior Estates Manager at RJAH, said: “The trust is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, and this is supported by our Sustainable Development Strategy. We are one of the largest employers in the area and it is important that we take a lead in the reduction of carbon emissions.
“By investing in a CHP System, we will be realising environmental and financial benefits through more cost effective energy generation within the trust. The system requires significant up-front investment but the energy cost savings it will realise, predominantly due to the self-generation of otherwise high-tariff imported electricity, are significant.
“Our projections show that we can expect to make net savings of almost £90,000 in year one, rising to more than £196,000 in year five. We would expect the system to pay back the cost of the initial investment in less than five years.”
The CHP unit is being supplied by Cogenco and the Trust is working with Capita’s property and infrastructure business to deliver the scheme.
The CHP system combines the benefits of financially attractive ‘on site’ energy generation and reduction by the use of natural gas. This contrasts with the conventional way of producing electricity in power stations, where vast amounts of energy are wasted in generation and in transit.
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