As the largest public sector emitter of carbon emissions, the health sector has a duty to meet targets which are entrenched in law. The James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust continues to make significant progress to improve its impact on the environment and improve its sustainability.
Reducing Our Emissions
The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has made significant capital investment to help reduce CO2 emissions since it introduced a baseline and reduction target in 2007.
Over the past 12 months the total emissions produced by the Trust from imported gas, oil and electricity have reduced from 5,780 tCO2e to 5,554 tCO2e despite additional business activity and a harsh winter. The CO2 emissions have been reduced by improved utilisation of renewable energy sources (e.g. Combined Heat & Power Generators, PV Solar panels and efficient boiler plant) and as a result of site rationalisation.
In 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.
The panels were 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.