The website of the Health Estate Journal

‘UK needs to be more self-sufficient on energy’

A Net Zero and Sustainability keynote session at Healthcare Estates 2022 included an interesting and somewhat chastening look at the ‘size’ of the energy generation challenge facing the UK in the short-to-medium term by Dame Sue Ion, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

A Net Zero and Sustainability keynote session on the second day of Healthcare Estates 2022 included a chastening look at the energy generation challenge facing the UK in the short-to-medium term, by Dame Sue Ion, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. One of her key messages was a need for a considerable stepping up in the construction of renewable energy-generating facilities, although with some renewable technologies, and also nuclear reactor facilities, there remained cost and practical hurdles to overcome.

Dame Sue Ion presented her conference address before two other speakers in the session – Councillor Tracey Rawlins, Executive Member for Environment & Transport at Manchester City Council, and Annie Shepperd, CEO at Salix Finance, gave their own standpoints on some of the key sustainability and Net Zero challenges facing the healthcare engineering and estate management sector, the wider public sector, and the UK as a whole, and discussed some of the initiatives already in hand

She was introduced by the session chair, Ian Hinitt, an IHEEM Past-President, who chairs IHEEM’s Environmental Sustainability Technical Platform, and in his day-to-day professional role is Director of Estates & Facilities at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. In setting the scene for the three presentations, he reminded delegates that the NHS has set itself the target that the emissions the service controls – the so-called NHS Carbon Footprint – will reach Net Zero by 2040, and that those it can influence – the NHS Carbon Footprint Plus – by 2045. The IHEEM Past-President said: “This afternoon’s discussion with key industry influencers and experts will consider how emissions can be addressed in healthcare and wider society, and how events since the launch of NHS Net Zero – including NHS waiting list recovery, the war in Ukraine, and the fuel, food, and cost of living crisis – are presenting challenges to decarbonisation.

Log in or register FREE to read the rest

This story is Premium Content and is only available to registered users. Please log in at the top of the page to view the full text. If you don't already have an account, please register with us completely free of charge.
Register

Upcoming Events

The Fire Safety Event

NEC, Birmingham
25th - 27th April 2023

Facilities Show

ExCeL London
16th - 18th May

NAHFO Conference 2023

Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon
5th - 7th June 2023

Healthcare Estates

Manchester Central
10th - 11th October 2023

Access the latest issue of Health Estate Journal on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

Download the FREE Health Estate Journal app from your device's App store

Upcoming Events

The Fire Safety Event

NEC, Birmingham
25th - 27th April 2023

Facilities Show

ExCeL London
16th - 18th May

NAHFO Conference 2023

Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon
5th - 7th June 2023

Healthcare Estates

Manchester Central
10th - 11th October 2023

Access the latest issue of Health Estate Journal on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

Download the FREE Health Estate Journal app from your device's App store

Step Communications Ltd, Step House, North Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3DR
Tel: 01892 779999 Fax: 01892 616177
www.step-communications.com
© 2022 Step Communications Ltd. Registered in England. Registration Number 3893025