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Royal Bolton Hospital goes green to cut costs

The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has signed an energy performance contract that will yield energy savings of over £800,000 per year through new boilers, chillers, lighting and other measures.

The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has signed an energy performance contract that will yield energy savings of over £800,000 per year through new boilers, chillers, lighting and other measures.

The contract with London-based Breathe Energy has seen £6.3 million worth of improvements to the Royal Bolton Hospital estate, including replacing the existing coal boilers with a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, installing a new energy efficient boiler, upgrading chillers and modifying the Building Management System (BMS).

Calorifiers for hot water have also been replaced with more efficient plate heat exchangers and faulty steam traps have been replaced along with external lighting. 

As well as slashing energy costs, the hospital’s carbon footprint is also expected to drop by over a third. 

National pressure

NHS Trusts across the country are under pressure to reduce costs due the growing funding gap for healthcare. 

Other hospitals in the North West to take significant action on energy efficiency include Salford Royal Hospital, which has slashed energy costs by nearly £2 million, and Blackpool Teaching Hospital – which has embedded simple energy efficient behaviours amongst its staff.

Stephen Tyldsley, managing director of Integrated Facilities Management Bolton, a subsidiary of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The work Breathe Energy has done on this project brings significant energy saving investments to the Trust’s estate. 

“This investment also greatly enhances the Trust’s ability to reduce its CO2 emissions and energy consumption.”