100% renewable electricity for SASH
15 December 2020
By Hayley Carmichael
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust are using 100% renewable electricity to power the sites they pay the energy costs for to help green this aspect of providing healthcare.
Committed to creating a greener NHS
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is committed to reducing its impact on the environment, and is running the Care Without Carbon programme to help deliver on that.
As part of this, the Trust ensures that the electricity supplied to the sites it owns is 100% renewable.
The Trust has an electricity supply contract with EDF which supplies it with 100% REGO-backed power. This stands for Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin and is a system whereby an electricity generator has to provide to Ofgem proof of their generation output as being 100% qualifying renewable. This is then able to be passed on to the company selling the electricity, EDF in this case, who can then legitimately sell it as such to their customers.
Of the Trust’s electricity use in the past 12 months 100% of this was generated by the wind (39% off-shore, 61% onshore) at three sites, Gunfleet Sands II Wind Farm in the Thames Estuary, Redhouse Wind Farm A in Lincolnshire and Ovenden Moor Wind Farm in West Yorkshire.
Ensuring it procures renewable energy allows the Trust to show its commitment, and make its own contribution to, greening the electricity supply system which ultimately helps to drive down emissions of carbon dioxide.