Energy and carbon management

Buildings consume more than £410 million worth of energy and produce 3.7 million tonnes of CO2 every year. Building energy use contributes to 24% of the total health and care system carbon footprint and offers many opportunities for saving and efficiency. These savings to be directly reinvested into further reductions in carbon emissions and improved patient care.

Detailed advice from the SDU is available in the Energy and carbon management extended chapter of the Carbon Reduction Strategy. Below are some links to support advice on energy and carbon management.

The Department of Health provides advice on integrating sustainable development and estates management advice. Health Technical Memoranda (HTMs) give comprehensive advice and guidance on the design, installation and operation of specialised building and engineering technology used in the delivery of healthcare available online.

Defra has a number of guidance documents around Measuring and Reporting Environmental Impacts includings guidance on building energy use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and extending to travel and procurement emissions.

Carbon Trust - NHS Carbon Management Program. NHS Carbon Management (NHSCM) provides technical and change management support to help NHS Trusts to produce a Carbon Management Plan and to achieve significant reductions in energy costs and carbon emissions. You can also download brochures that focus on the NHS. Please see the Carbon Trust Carbon footprint calculator.

Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM: Healthcare) provides standards for new build, refurbishment and buildings in use.

Progress in reducing building energy use carbon emissions can be seen on a series of maps produced by the SDU in collaboration with PHE Knowledge and Intelligence Team (East).

The HSCIC provides the dataset for these including annual statistics on energy use - see HERE