TUH to Cut Carbon Emissions with a New Energy Performance Contract

Energy Announcement(October 6th 2021) Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) have entered a new energy performance contract with Centrica Business Solutions. The 15 year contract was awarded following a competitive public tendering process which will see significant investment in the Hospital’s aging infrastructure, reduce energy consumption onsite and reduce the organisation’s carbon footprint.

The contract will deliver guaranteed savings of almost €1M 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 & 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.“

Alan Barlow, UK & Ireland Director for Centrica Business Solutions said, “Healthcare is an energy intensive sector with round the clock use and often large, aging buildings. But, with the kind of leadership being shown by the team at TUH, there’s no reason that the sector can’t make significant strides towards decarbonisation.”

Speaking on behalf of The Carbon & Energy Fund Ireland Edel Wyse, Director, congratulated the Team on achieving this milestone  “Progressing TUH’s ambitious energy and carbon reduction strategy would not have been possible without the dedicated and cohesive Project Management Team. CEFI is proud to be part of this journey.”