St James’s Hospital implements biggest EPC in Irish healthcare

New contract with Veolia targets savings of €26m and 118,000 tonnes of carbon

An Energy Performance Contract will deliver energy efficiency measures at St James's Hospital in Dublin. Pictured L-R in the new chiller plant are Edel Wyse, director of operations at the Carbon and Energy Fund Ireland; John Lambe, business development manager at Veolia; Kyle Wylie, engineering manager at St. James's Hospital; and Vincent Callan, director of facilities at the hospital

St James’s Hospital has signed a new Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with Veolia in partnership with the Carbon and Energy Fund Ireland (CEFI).

Under the agreement, Veolia will manage projects covering the design, delivery, installation, commissioning, and operation of a wide range of energy upgrades in the 1,010-bed hospital.

The 20-year contract was awarded after a competitive public tendering process and the EPC implementation is the largest of its kind in Irish healthcare to date.

The contract will deliver €26m in guaranteed energy and operational savings.

And the hospital’s carbon footprint will be reduced by approximately 118,380 tonnes, cutting electrical consumption by 26% per year.

The new energy-efficient equipment will also reduce the dependency on the Dublin 8 electrical grid and places the hospital in an optimum position to reach its 2030 climate targets.

The contract will include the replacement of water boilers, lighting, and air conditioning units, and will provide combined heat and power (CHP) solutions for the hospital.

These will include a new energy centre containing a 2MWe combined heat and power (CHP) plant which will generate around 13GWh of low-carbon electricity a year and cut carbon emissions by 2,574 tonnes.

To maximise heat efficiency 7.5 MWth of new hot water, steam boilers and clean steam generators will meet the hot water, steam, and sterilisation demand; and a new campus-wide Building Management System (BMS) will maximise energy efficiency across all of the buildings and provide centralised monitoring.

Other upgrades include the installation of LED lighting across the campus, new theatre air handling units, air conditioning, and high-efficiency pumps.

The contract will include installation of a Combined heat and power plant which will cut carbon emissions by 2,574 tonnes

The energy-saving measures will be guaranteed by Veolia, which will also provide a comprehensive maintenance service for the duration of the contract.

The installation works commenced in July and will be completed by December 2021.

Mary Day, chief executive of St James’s Hospital, said: “The hospital has always been committed to innovation and the Energy Performance Contract allows us to lead the way as a sustainable healthcare provider, while continuing to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff.”

John Abraham, chief operating officer for industrial, water and energy and country director for at Veolia, adds: “This is a perfect example of the importance of investing in energy-efficient and low-carbon systems, and we look forward to working with St James’s Hospital to help towards achieving its environmental targets.”

The project will be externally funded by the Ireland Energy Efficiency Fund (IEEF), and ethical Irish pension fund investors, and managed by Sustainable Development Capital LLP.

IEEF’s involvement allows for the transfer of investment risk and the delivery of guaranteed energy savings with demonstrable environmental and carbon savings for the hospital.

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