The Green Investment Bank tomorrow (2 April) holds its first NHS Energy Efficiency Forum to help it to cut energy use and save public money.
The first forum takes place at Birmingham’s Aston University and will be followed up with a separate NHS Scotland event in Edinburgh ‘in the coming weeks.’
The Green bank has already backed a number of NHS energy efficiency programmes including the UK’s largest energy efficiency retrofit at a hospital. Projects can include combined heat and power plants, boilers, building retrofits, lighting and energy reduction technologies for production processes, among others.
Shaun Kingsbury, Chief Executive, will formally launch the bank’s new NHS Energy Efficiency Financing Programme by outlining the opportunities available to reduce energy usage and associated costs, improve energy services and meet energy reduction targets before an invited audience of chief executives and finance directors. Gregor Paterson-Jones, the bank’s Managing Director for energy-efficiency, explained:
“The NHS estate offers a huge opportunity for cost savings through energy efficiency. The time is right, the technology is mature and well proven, and all public bodies have to face the risks of rising energy costs and ongoing budget pressures.”