Energys Group encourages NHS Trusts to take advantage of NEW £46m funding

Energys Group is encouraging NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts to take advantage of an additional £46m of funding available for LED lighting installations.

The funding has been announced by NHS Improvement, and will inject £46m of Public Dividend Capital (PDC) to the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund (NEEF) in order to drive direct energy efficiency in the NHS.

LED lighting will provide better quality lighting for both patients and staff, as well as reducing maintenance and energy costs, and cutting carbon.

Kevin Cox, Managing Director at Energys Group comments “Estate Managers across the NHS have a huge challenge in striking a fine balance of patient care coupled with operational efficiency.

“The announcement of this additional funding for NHS Trusts across England is great news. This fund will help to reduce carbon and energy bills as well as deliver a cut to maintenance costs. This frees up much-needed funds which can be put directly back into front line services. We strongly urge NHS Trusts to act quickly and secure this additional funding before the deadline and reap the multiple benefits.”

As timescales for applying for and using the funds are very tight, Energys Group is urging Trusts to take advantage of one of the existing LED Lighting Framework Agreements which give Trusts access to pre-qualified organisations – thereby ensuring both an efficient and cost-effective delivery.

Energys Group has recently been approved by the Essentia Framework (for NHS LED lighting) and is also an approved supplier under the YPO Framework. Both frameworks provide a free service to NHS Trusts to support the entire process from bidding for the Grant monies, through tendering the work and delivery of the solution.

Applications for NEEF should be submitted through the NHS Improvement Estates and Facilities Collaboration Hub. However, for an initial energy audit or advice on LED upgrades, NHS estates teams can contact Energys Group direct.

The deadline for applications is 12 pm 30th November 2018.


With autumn upon us, what’s in store for energy efficiency?

Fossils fall again

New BEIS energy statistics for 2018 q2 show that fossil fuel generation fell as renewables’ contribution rose, with coal dropping to a new record low.

Coal fired power’s share of the grid hit another record low, accounting for just 1.6% of generation over the period, although gas power remained the largest single contributor to UK’s electricity during the second quarter at 42%,’ writes Business Green.

A BEIS Spokesperson told Energy Live News: “We’ve hit another landmark record, with this summer’s intense sunshine generating enough solar power to fuel over a million homes.

“With less dirty coal being used than ever before and plans underway to phase out coal power completely by 2025, our modern Industrial Strategy is supporting thousands of good jobs in new clean growth industries.”

Overall primary energy consumption in the UK also fell by 1.3% to a record low during the period compared to the same time in 2017, driven by warmer weather, the ongoing shift from renewables from fossil fuels and improvements in energy efficiency, Business Green advised.

“Here is yet more news of the hastening within the UK towards low carbon power,” comments Kevin Cox, Managing Director, Energys.

“We know that energy efficiency has a major role to play in this ongoing transformation and stand ready and willing to deliver.”

Labour and energy efficiency

Jeremy Corbyn aimed to reposition Labour as the leader on UK low carbon, with a swathe of promises made at the party’s conference.

Corbyn has called for a new commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the middle of the century.

Responding, Lawrence Slade, chief executive at trade body Energy UK, said his association supported the Labour leader’s focus on low carbon energy.

“We have also long called for a national energy efficiency programme and the important commitment to provide additional funding to help improve the energy efficiency of our housing stock, recognising that this is ultimately the best way to keep bills down.” he said.

Scotland leads the UK

In more statistical analysis, EDIE writes that The Committee on Climate Change’s annual progress report on carbon reduction north of the border has been published.

It says Scottish net emissions were 41.5 MtCO2e in 2016, the last year for which data is available, below the climate target figure of 44.9 MtCO2e. Total emissions fell by 10% in 2016 alone.

The news could position Scotland as a best practice exemplar. Lord Deben, chairman of the CCC, said the Scottish government has made some progress on tackling issues raised in the committee’s report in 2017.

“However, challenges remain. Greater effort is now required across other areas of Scotland’s economy.

“This includes policies to drive down emissions in sectors where they are either flat or rising, such as transport, agriculture and energy efficiency in buildings.”

Evidently, energy efficiency remains a top priority when it comes to decarbonisation both north and south of the border.

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New Salix funding for academies and sixth forms announced

In conjunction with the Department for Education (DfE), Salix has now opened its applications for the Salix Energy Efficiency Fund (SEEF).

The interest-free funding is available for all individual academies, academy sixth forms, free schools and those in Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), who are seeking ways to reduce their energy usage.

Over 100 technologies are eligible for the funding, including LED upgrades and intelligent boiler controls.

Applicants are not required to make any upfront payments, instead the interest-free funding is repaid based upon the predicted energy savings.

Deadline and timescales

Applications opened on Friday 28th September 2018, and the deadline for submissions is Friday 30th November 2018.

Projects need to be completed by December 2019, with the loan value being repaid within an eight year period.

Energys Group has helped many schools and colleges apply for Salix funding, including the College of North West London whose cost savings were so substantial that the college was able to achieve payback on its capital investment in just two-and-a-half years.

Visit the Salix website for further information on funding; or contact Energys Group to find out how we can help.