Dundee NHS trust wins £15m to save energy while saving lives

NHS Tayside in Scotland has won £15m backing to build an energy centre and make its hospitals more energy efficient. Aviva Investors is supporting the energy efficiency programme through its REaLM infrastructure funds on behalf of clients including the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), which is indirectly investing £7.7m.

The energy centre will provide 90% of the power and 100% of the heat for Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee (pictured here), which also houses Tayside Children’s Hospital and Maggie’s Cancer Centre Dundee. LED lighting and insulation will also be installed at Perth Royal Infirmary and Stracathro Hospital near Brechin.

The programme, which is due for completion in December 2016, is expected to cut energy costs at NHS Tayside by 10%.

A 25-year performance contract has been signed with Vital Energi, which was procured under the carbon energy fund (CEF) framework. Vital will be responsible for the design, construction, installation and ongoing operation and maintenance of the technology for the duration of that agreement.

Scotland Office minister Andrew Dunlop said: “This centre will make a real difference to the costs of providing energy to hospitals in Tayside and is another example of UK institutional investors supporting infrastructure projects which will be of benefit to the wider public.”

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