Health body saves thousands by reducing carbon footprint

Droitwich Advertiser: Health body saves thousands by reducing carbon footprint Health body saves thousands by reducing carbon footprint

A WORCESTERSHIRE health organisation has saved thousands of pounds of taxpayer’s money by reducing its carbon footprint across the county.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust has been working to reduce its footprint since 2010 and last year saved an estimated £21,475 through a range of measures such as installing new meters and boilers at sites including at community hospitals in Evesham, Pershore and Malvern.

The trust’s emissions have reduced by almost 1,000 tonnes since 2010 and the organisation is putting measures in place to bring this down further such as installing more new boiler systems at a number of sites.

Speaking at a meeting of the trust’s board on Wednesday, May 14, finance director Robert Mackie said staff throughout the organisation had been working hard to deliver the savings.

“We’re not quite where we would like to be yet but we’ve got some very significant downward trends,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to delivering further gains.”

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4:52pm Fri 16 May 14

IanMurray says...

It's always the same - we have saved money by going greener - but it is never true. Where is the balance in this article? How much was spent on buying and installing new equipment? When my boiler was getting old I spent a fair bit of money putting in a new more efficient boiler at home with modern controls etc. But the cost of purchase and installation means that it will take 10+ years, before I will have saved the capital cost. Yes it is cheaper to run, but may not be cheaper overall. So this organisations saving of around £5-7k pa really suggests a capital expenditure of around £150-200k. No exactly a real saving is it.
It's always the same - we have saved money by going greener - but it is never true. Where is the balance in this article? How much was spent on buying and installing new equipment? When my boiler was getting old I spent a fair bit of money putting in a new more efficient boiler at home with modern controls etc. But the cost of purchase and installation means that it will take 10+ years, before I will have saved the capital cost. Yes it is cheaper to run, but may not be cheaper overall. So this organisations saving of around £5-7k pa really suggests a capital expenditure of around £150-200k. No exactly a real saving is it. IanMurray
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Fri 16 May 14

New Kid on the Block says...

How old and unreliable were the boilers that were replaced? Had they come to the end of their useful life meaning that they were no longer economical to keep repairing?
What rate of inflation have you allowed for in the price of gas? What increase in efficiency have you allowed for? The control system on these new boilers is likely to be more sophisticated than any used on domestic boilers meaning that the potential savings could be greater.
These boilers will have needed to be replaced at some point in their lives. How do you determine just when that is? What pay back peiod is considered correct?
How old and unreliable were the boilers that were replaced? Had they come to the end of their useful life meaning that they were no longer economical to keep repairing? What rate of inflation have you allowed for in the price of gas? What increase in efficiency have you allowed for? The control system on these new boilers is likely to be more sophisticated than any used on domestic boilers meaning that the potential savings could be greater. These boilers will have needed to be replaced at some point in their lives. How do you determine just when that is? What pay back peiod is considered correct? New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 2

9:02pm Fri 16 May 14

CJH says...

Sadly this is not investigative journalism. It's a cut and paste job.
Sadly this is not investigative journalism. It's a cut and paste job. CJH
  • Score: 1

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