University Hospital of South Manchester, UK
Britain’s greenest hospital spends money on services not energy
By investing money to save energy and winning the hearts and minds of staff, UHSM has achieved cuts of more than 35% in gas and electricity use over the past five years, this year saving some £390,000 on fuel bills, which can be ploughed back into frontline services. After gaining Board approval of a Carbon Management Implementation Plan in 2007, technologies such as biomass boilers, heating system upgrades, new lighting, windows and insulation have been introduced. The hospital’s combination of new technology, energy saving measures and behaviour change activities are a shining example of a logical approach to retrofit that’s eminently replicable across the NHS.