The Sustainable Development Management Plan identifies the Trust’s CO2e reduction with the targets set by the Government for a 10% reduction in CO2e emissions for all NHS Trust’s by 2015. The Trust has set an ambition to exceed the government target by achieving a 20% reduction in its CO2e emissions.
Progress to date
The following graph details the overall performance of the Trust with regards to the use of fossil fuels. The graph highlights an increase in CO2e emissions in the period from 2007 to 2010. During this period the Carbon Management Plan was introduced and a number of energy efficiency schemes were commenced. The Trust completed a number of energy efficiency schemes at the start of 2010 and the benefits are demonstrated in a CO2e reduction in the following two years.
The winter of 2012/13 was particularly cold and this combined with the introduction of extended operating hours for Operating Theatres, increased activity in the HSDU service and the opening of the Louise Hamilton Centre all contributed to increased CO2e emissions in the 2012/13 reporting period.
For further details on the Trust's CO2 emissions, please read the latest Board Environment Report (December 2013).
Solar panel bid
In early 2014, the Trust submitted a planning application to Great Yarmouth Borough Council to build 1,444 solar panels around the hospital site in order to save on electricity costs and cut carbon usage. This was accepted and work began in March with a completion date of 30 April.
The panels are funded by a £550,000 grant from the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund; a national scheme ran by the Department of Health to help energy efficiency projects in the NHS.
It is estimated that the panels will generate around 380,000kwh per year of electricity – a recurrent saving of £75,000 each year. Carbon use will also be cut by approximately 308 tonnes annually.
You can view real-time data from our solar panels, including how our CO2 savings corresponds to trees planted, here.