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Funding confirmed to replace the final NHS coal boilers

Centrica Business Solutions plan to replace the final NHS coal boilers with a new energy-efficient alternative.

The £2.7m project will see the installation of a new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation trust.

The 150kWe CHP will provide the power needs for the hospital, while upgraded pumps, controls, LED lighting and improved insulation will see carbon emissions reduced by around 1,7000 tonnes per year.

The funding to complete this project has been secured from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.

Jug Johal, director of estates and facilities at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation said: ‘As a Trust, we have made a commitment to increasing sustainability by making better use of our existing buildings and reducing our running costs, in line with the national Greener NHS strategy which is committed to taking the carbon footprint of the NHS to net-zero by 2045.

‘Reducing carbon emissions also has significant health benefits, as poor environmental health contributes to a number of major diseases, including cardiac problems, asthma and cancer.”

‘Our first priority is to replace the coal-fired boilers at Goole District Hospital with a low carbon gas CHP system. Goole is one of only two coal-fired boilers left in the country and, in carrying out this and our other planned energy-saving works, will reduce this site’s carbon emissions by almost 60%.’

Business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng added: ‘While reaching our climate targets will require extensive change across our economy, we must do so in a way that protects jobs, creates new industries and attracts inward investment – without pushing emissions and business abroad.

‘Backed by more than £1 billion investment, today’s plans will make a considerable dent in the amount of carbon emissions emitting from our economy and put us on the path to eliminate our contribution to climate change by 2050.’

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