Developing and operating a state-of-the-art energy centre
MITIE has been awarded preferred bidder status to develop and operate a new energy centre, helping the NHS Trust to cut its carbon emissions by half
What was Cambridge University Hospitals Trust looking for?
Cambridge University Hospitals Trust needs to upgrade its existing low carbon energy provision on its expanding medical and biomedical campus, which includes the world-renowned Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The Trust needed an efficient, sustainable solution which would help them meet their carbon reduction targets.
How are we helping?
MITIE has been awarded preferred bidder status to develop a new energy centre for the campus, and to operate it over a 25-year contract term.
What will the outcome be?
The energy centre will save Cambridge University Hospitals almost 30,000 tonnes of carbon a year, helping the Trust surpass its sustainability targets. This will mean a 47% cut in carbon emissions over the contract term. Grid electricity and gas consumption will also be reduced by more than 50%.
A sustainable energy partnership
The energy centre is being developed in partnership with the NHS Carbon and Energy Fund, which supports projects that meet a certain level of carbon savings. It will provide low-carbon heating, hot water and electricity for Addenbrooke’s and Rosie hospitals and has been designed with the potential to provide energy to future developments on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
The new development will deliver significant economic and sustainability benefits in an increasingly volatile environment, providing Cambridge University Hospitals with increased energy resilience and predictably priced energy over the long term.
Advanced, innovative technology
The Trust’s existing energy centre houses a combined heat and power plant which is now 20 years old, the first ever used by the NHS, which has provided sustainable energy as the campus has expanded over the years. The Trust incinerates clinical waste on site, using it as a fuel source to provide heat and hot water to the campus.
Technology has advanced over the decades, and the new energy centre will utilise a number of different energy-efficient technologies, including a brand new incinerator and a highly efficient Rolls Royce combined heat and power plant, which will be able to use sustainable wood chip as fuel source. It will deliver low-carbon, low-cost energy to Addenbrooke’s from 2015, with potential to supply further NHS developments planned for the Biomedical Campus.
MITIE will also reduce energy demand through a number of other initiatives, including a major lighting upgrade throughout the hospital.
The benefits - for sustainability and efficiency
The energy centre will save Cambridge University Hospitals almost 30,000 tonnes of carbon a year, equating to a total cut in its current carbon emissions of 47 per cent. This will help Addenbrookes to surpass its NHS sustainability targets by 27 per cent. The highly efficient technologies will also reduce energy consumption by 50 per cent over 25 years, protecting the Trust from rising energy prices.