Retained Energy Management Services that don’t affect your baseline staffing costs and provides real energy efficiency savings!

Low Carbon Europe have been providing retained energy management services to Central and North West London NHS Trust for over two years. Initially commissioned in Jan 2013, Low Carbon Europe (LCE) have successfully reviewed, identified and implemented a number of energy efficiency recommendations across a selection (from this point forward referred to as ‘core sites’) of Trust buildings. In the latest annual report 14/15 LCE were pleased to report a 15.24% reduction in electricity consumption across the core sites compared with 13/14, 1.31% reduction in gas consumption across the core sites compared with 13/14 and 0.5% reduction in water consumption across the core sites compared with 13/14. The gas consumption was a little less than expected however this is likely due to a cooler winter than the previous year.

To identify these saving LCE have undertaken a full invoice validation review and now, reached the stage where their invoices are rarely based on estimates, thus enabling the client to only pay for actual usage rather than over/under estimated values. This has also helped to provide more accurate profiles of how the buildings are performing using degree day analysis and provided a basis to pin point buildings that require further onsite energy audits to identify any likely causes for anomalies.

LCE comprehensive energy audits focus on all plant, small power equipment, renewables and practises that utilise electricity, gas or water. Since 2013 LCE have undertaken energy audits across all the core buildings and implemented energy efficiency recommendation that did not cost the client anything, including; updating controls to better match occupancy hours, revising AHU and chiller setpoints, and looking at boiler sequencing.

As well as these initiatives, LCE have also identified and provided a number of costed energy efficiency savings and provided business cases for these. One of which was, changing T8 lighting at Woodfield Road to LED’s with controllable dimmer switches, estimated to save 90,000kWh, or £9,000 of electricity per year. LCE used this specific business case to participate in the Department of Health £50 million award scheme that was run during 2013 and were pleased to obtain funding for the Trust, so that they could implement lighting upgrades required.

Low Carbon Europe is a leading provider of Energy and Sustainability services across the UK. We will be exhibiting at EMEX 2015 11th-12th November. This is the perfect opportunity to share our knowledge and offer support to those who are looking to improve their organisations energy management. We go beyond compliancy and help organisations to comprehensively embed energy management practices into their business.

We look forward to meeting you and can be found at stand A9 this year.

SWITCH campaign helps University Hospitals of North Midlands win Stafford Borough Council Green Award.

Low Carbon Europe are supporting our partners at the University Hospitals of the North Midlands (UHNM) NHS Trust, focussing on energy and sustainability work streams.

Behaviour change programmes have traditionally been used by organisations to engage with staff on energy efficiency, here at Low Carbon Europe we believe that change programmes can be effectively applied to cover all aspects of sustainability.

The UHNM Sustainability Team developed the SWITCH campaign, which aims to encourage all staff to switch to a sustainable Trust. The campaign involves using various engagement methods and recruitment tools to encourage staff to become SWITCH champions. SWITCH champions will form a communications network to share sustainability messages with colleagues and make suggestions where technology or working practices can be improved for sustainability. As activity increases throughout the programme, champions will be encouraged to look at their work areas in detail and seek aspects within clinical pathways that can be improved for sustainability.

The campaign was launched with dedicated communications (email and webpage) and drop-in sessions to recruit SWITCH champions. The initial group of champions were then offered an introductory workshop, which was repeated over 8 sessions and took place at both Royal Stoke and County Stafford hospital sites on one day. The workshop provided an overview of how sustainability aspects, water, waste, transport and energy, can impact on health and patient experiences within the hospital environment. The workshop also sought initial suggestions from champions about how sustainability can be improved in their departments. Further workshop sessions will be held during year one, to widely inform and encourage involvement in the campaign.

Stafford Borough Council have recently awarded UHNM NHS Trust, Green Award winner for demonstrating an active commitment to good environmental practice; and sustainable development. The Trust was also commended for local food procurement at County Hospital with a special award of the Green Purse Prize.

Low Carbon Europe is a leading provider of Energy and Sustainability services across the UK. We will be exhibiting at EMEX 2015 11th-12th November. This is the perfect opportunity to share our knowledge about sustainability and offer support to those who are looking to improve their organisations energy management.
We have recently rebranded and launched Mindset 2050, aimed at helping to change the way organisations tackle sustainability. We go beyond compliancy and help organisations to comprehensively embed sustainable practices into their business.

We look forward to meeting you and can be found at stand A9 this year.