Energy Saving Funding for Scottish Hospitals

HOSPITALS across Scotland are benefiting from a £24 million fund for investment in various energy saving schemes over the next three years.

The projects are expected to reduce greenhouse gases across the National Health Service (NHS) Scotland by around 10 percent, saving around £4 million in energy costs each year.

Funding for NHS Scotland’s Carbon Reduction Programme aims to reduce carbon emissions and make hospitals and healthcare facilities more eco friendly.

Announcing the funding boost, Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “This money will play a key role in helping to make the NHS more energy efficient, and in reducing our carbon footprint.

“Going green will enable NHS boards to reduce costs, and help to ensure we have an NHS which is fit for the future.

“The £4 million that will be saved each year through this scheme will be reinvested directly into frontline patient care, ensuring patients across Scotland continue to receive the best possible care and treatment.”

Neil also revealed that NHS boards across Scotland delivered efficiency savings of £319 million in 2011/12, exceeding the target of £317 million.

Grants will be awarded to schemes that can demonstrate that they will substantially reduce carbon emissions.

Picture of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by Lisa Jarvis [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Monday 22nd October 2012

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