Research by the Sustainable Development Unit, carried out for the NHS, has highlighted the progress made in cutting energy costs in the organisation, as well as identifying further opportunities.

Released on 14 June, the report found that £540mn has been invested in the NHS over eight years in technologies such as LED lighting, insulation and better energy control. £1.85bn has been saved over that time and £190mn cut off the 2016 NHS energy bill.

At York Teaching Hospital, for example, investments that include a large Combined Heat and Power system have saved £680k in annual energy costs. The trust has reported a reduction of 24.5% on their baseline, cutting 2,997 tonnes of CO2e.

Looking forward, the report highlighted opportunities for the sector to save £414mn and 1mn tonnes of carbon per year by 2020, including deploying technologies such as solar PV, biomass boilers and intelligent lighting roll-out.

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