Transformative thinking helps UHSM scoop sustainability award
Transformers supplied by Wilson Power Solutions to Britain’s greenest hospital have helped it win yet another accolade for its efforts to cut its carbon emissions and realise energy efficiency savings that go straight back to improve its frontline patient services.
The University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) was named the winner of the Most Sustainable Public Sector Organisation in Health/NHS at the Public Sector Sustainability Awards 2014, which were held at the Energy Management Exhibition, Emex, in London.
The award was presented by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Redesdale, CEO of the Energy Managers Association and the Low Energy Company.
The hospital has seven Wilson e2Super Low Loss Amorphous High Voltage Transformers, which have enabled it to realise electricity savings through reduced transformer losses whilst also giving an increased control over the voltage delivered to site.
The transformers have the ability to give a saving of round 1 million kWh each year, with added benefits including reduced electrical stress on equipment which will in turn extend the lifespan and reduce maintenance costs.
Erika Wilson, managing director of Wilson Power Solutions said: “From placing sustainability at the core of healthcare provision the UHSM has become the UK’s greenest hospital, and we are proud to have played a part in that.”
The University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust committed itself to its Carbon Management Programme in 2008 in an effort to mitigate the effects of rising fuel prices, while also seeking to limit energy cost increases and to engage positively with its wider community on sustainability issues and to reinvest funds in providing improved frontline patient services.
Since then UHSM has been recognised for its achievements by winning the Guardian newspaper’s Public Sector Sustainability Award and the Ashden Award in 2012.
The Trust was also the highest placed Acute NHS Hospital in the Government’s final CRC Performance League Table, placing it amongst the top four per cent of UK organisations and has also been recognised as the world’s 18th most environmentally friendly hospital by the United States Green Building Council.