NHS awards LED lighting upgrade contracts

THE UK’s National Health Service has awarded a number of contracts to suppliers to upgrade lighting from fluorescent to LED.

The plan is to cut the NHS’s £540 million annual energy bill, much of which is lighting.

‘The NHS could be making significant savings by installing technologies such as LED lighting and smart energy management systems’, says Alexandra Hammond, sustainability director at Essentia and environmental sustainability manager at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

One  supplier, Energys Group, has confirmed to Lux that it has been selected to deliver  lighting upgrades at a number of NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts. 

Based in West Sussex, Energys Group won the projects – which includes the supply and installation of LED technology - through the competitive tender process.

The company is approved for NHS LED lighting by the Essentia Framework – which also includes Thorlux Lighting, Gamma, E.ON, Ecolite, Energy Saving Lighting and Blackbourne – 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.

The funding for the LED upgrades has been made available by NHS Improvement, which is set to inject up to £46 million of Public Dividend Capital (PDC) to the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund (NEEF) in a bid to drive direct energy efficiency in the NHS.

The NHS’s estates teams are motivated by multiple drivers for the lighting upgrades; LED lighting will provide better quality lighting for both patients and staff, as well as reducing maintenance and energy costs, and cutting carbon.

‘The NHS faces a sizeable challenge if it is to meet its carbon reduction targets,’ Kevin Cox, managing director at Energys Group, told Lux.

‘We’re delighted to be part of the solution. Our company has already proven it is capable of handling large-scale multi-site lighting projects. We believe this experience is why we have now been selected by several NHS trusts to help reduce their carbon and energy bills as well as deliver a cut to maintenance costs. 

‘It is important to note that this kind of investment in NHS built infrastructure frees-up much-needed funds which can be put directly back into front line services.’

Energys Group is already a major supplier to the public sector with an installed base that includes the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. 

‘The NHS currently spends more than £540 million on energy every year,’ Alexandra Hammond, sustainability director at Essentia and environmental sustainability manager at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, told Lux.

‘But it could be making significant savings by installing technologies such as LED lighting and smart energy management systems.

‘The major benefit of using an Essentia framework is that all projects come with a savings guarantee and built-in business case.

 

  • Healthcare lighting will be the focus of a special conference stream at LuxLive 2019, which takes place on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2019 at ExCeL London. More info HERE.

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