Our new analysis of primary healthcare estates across England was published last week, and can be downloaded here. Contact us for further information.
Prepared on behalf of the LIFT Council, the document – Energise Your Estate the Low Carbon Way - sets out a detailed analysis of energy and carbon performance across Primary Care Trust (PCTs) and how targeted investment can increase the extent of savings possible for a given level of investment.
Findings include that Primary Care providers could save more than £47 million over the next five years through the adoption of better energy efficiency, according to a new industry report commissioned by the LIFT Council, the representative body for organisations involved in local improvement finance trusts.
An analysis of every English PCT’s carbon emissions for the industry-wide report found extensive variation across Trusts’ estates, ownership of which will be transferred following the abolition of PCTs by April 2013.
Across the UK, non-residential buildings are responsible for around 18 percent of all UK carbon emissions.
The LIFT Council has called for all Trusts and their successor bodies to adopt long-term carbon management strategies to minimise their emissions – in addition to the ‘quick wins’ achievable through modest changes in practice.
David Pokora, Executive Director, The LIFT Council, said: “This report constitutes the most comprehensive analysis to date of the NHS’s own figures for PCT carbon emissions.
“There is clearly an opportunity for primary care to make significant and valuable savings by adopting better practice when it comes to its carbon footprint. More broadly, the NHS as a whole owns tens of thousands of premises across the UK. By developing carbon reduction strategies, there is the opportunity to save vast amounts of money across the whole NHS estate that could go a considerable way in contributing to the target of £20 billion in efficiency savings.”
Andy Brunt, Director of blue sky environmental and co-author of the report, said: “Analysing data provided by PCTs themselves has enabled us to get a detailed insight into the scale of potential cost-saving benefits that can be gained from effectively targeted and implemented carbon and energy saving measures.
“With public sector spending under increased pressure to deliver cost efficiencies, the importance of targeting investment to where it can be most effective is paramount. Our report allows for the first time direct comparison of performance between Trusts for energy consumption and carbon emissions.
“Strategic investment of the right type in areas where there is greatest opportunity to achieve significant energy and carbon reductions will maximise savings whilst minimising the initial investment required to achieve them – a truly ‘win-win’ outcome”.
The LIFT Council advises Trusts to identify areas in their built estate where cost-effective measures can be implemented; to use Marginal Abatement Cost Curves (MACC) methodology to quantify the cost and benefits of energy and carbon saving measures in keeping with NHS advice; and to consider the examples of best practice of Trusts identified in the report as being the most carbon efficient.