Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) has entered a new 15 year energy performance contract with Centrica Business Solutions. which will see significant investment in the hospital’s aging infrastructure, reduce energy consumption onsite and reduce the organisation’s carbon footprint.
The hospital said the 15 year contract which was awarded following a competitive public tendering process will deliver guaranteed savings of almost €1million in energy expenditure per annum and see a capital investment of over €6m.
“Overall the scheme provides for a 70% drop in grid supplied electricity, a 20% saving on electrical consumption and a 26% reduction in carbon consumption.
“The contract will include an upgrade of the Hospital’s heating network, incorporating a combined heat and power system, replacement of heating pumps and steam boilers, the upgrade of the Building Energy Management System, which is the back bone to the management of the installed mechanical equipment onsite, replacement of campus lighting and refurbishment of the air handling units in Theatre.”
Commenting on the contract Director of Facilities & Estates Ciaran Faughnan said “As an organisation we are acutely aware of our level of energy consumption and subsequent impact on the environment. The timing of this contract is fortuitous. The Hospital is over 20 years old with an aging infrastructure that needs significant investment as equipment becomes obsolete and at the same time reducing our carbon footprint and ensuring we are using the most efficient means of energy for an increasingly busy and enlarged campus. “