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Powering the healthcare sector

We help healthcare providers to protect and improve patient care by making their operations more efficient and resilient, and by reducing their energy costs.

With increasing demand for healthcare services at a time when funding shortfalls and higher input costs are placing budgets under pressure, it has never been more important for the healthcare sector to optimise its energy infrastructures and services. We have a wealth of experience in helping to solve healthcare providers’ challenges, harnessing the power of energy to enable more positive patient outcomes.

£130 million annual reduction in energy costs would be possible if 50% of NHS England utilised solutions such as LED lighting, combined heat and power units and smart energy management solutions.
Powering Britain’s Economic Future Report, Centrica Business Solutions Nov 2017

The pressures squeezing healthcare organisations

An ageing population, more chronic conditions and a general increase in health awareness are increasing demand for services, but funding shortfalls and higher input costs are creating downward pressure on budgets. The demand for new technologies that enable 24/7 access is difficult to reconcile with ageing equipment and infrastructure. Indeed, the inefficiency and unreliability of such ageing assets can negatively impact quality of care. Set against today’s backdrop of increasingly strict regulation and security demands, plus the problems of staff and skills shortages, all these issues make it more difficult than ever to deliver positive patient outcomes and ensure a sustainable future.

What role does energy have to play?

As the UK’s leading energy supplier, nobody understands as well as we do the current energy challenges that the healthcare sector faces.

  • Budgetary pressures make managing energy costs critical
  • Demands from government and regulatory bodies mean that improvements in energy efficiency are no longer optional
  • Ageing and inefficient energy estates cause wastage, effectively reducing budget for patient care
  • Power outages can have a catastrophic impact on patient care
  • Environmentally-conscious patients and regulations require energy sustainability
  • Skills and resource gaps mean that many providers lack the time or expertise to address the energy inefficiencies of ageing infrastructure

Improving your energy efficiency and reducing your energy costs, whilst maintaining a robust and reliable energy infrastructure, is essential to releasing funding for frontline services and improving patient outcomes. Ensuring the resilience and compliance of all parts of your operation should be of paramount importance to ensure you meet your duty of care – not just to your patients, but also to your staff. Beyond the delivery of frontline healthcare services, funding pressures mean you also need to consider new sources of revenue to ensure your long-term viability. At the same time, being able to demonstrate sustainability – to meet targets and strengthen your reputation – remains key.

These are all objectives that we can help you to achieve.

is the carbon reduction target that the NHS has committed to delivering by 2050, in line with the 2008 Climate Change Act. (NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England)
of healthcare respondents listed “managing cost & providing comfortable care” number one challenge they are facing over the next 12 months (Energy Advantage Research, Centrica Business Solutions)
of healthcare respondents agreed that the cost of being energy resilient is far less than the impact of an energy failure (Energy Advantage Research, Centrica Business Solutions)
How energy can enable the healthcare sector of the future?

To effectively manage your risk, compete in a challenging market and deliver a quality of care, it is essential that you focus on three areas.

>£400m is spent by the UK healthcare sector per year on energy – a significant proposition of which is wasted (The Carbon Trust)
of healthcare organisations stated that they had suffered an interruption of energy supply due to external factors in the last 12 months (Energy Advantage Research, Centrica Business Solutions)
agreed that there were opportunities for energy strategies to help enable a sustainable business model (Energy Advantage Research, Centrica Business Solutions)
A lower carbon future for the UK, a more sustainable future for business

Our new report, Distributed Energy: Powering Sustainability, reveals how energy solutions could help Healthcare save 8.8 Million tonnes of CO₂e by 2030, the equivalent to 16% of the sector’s current carbon footprint.