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Positive outcomes from two days at Healthcare Estates

Hospitals are being warned they face paying higher fees and bigger fines following changes to the controversial CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC). The initiative was introduced in 2010 and had a range of reputational, behavioural and financial drivers to encourage large public and private sector organisations to cut their energy use. For starters, they had to report on carbon emissions annually, and they had to buy carbon allowances from the Government based on this energy use. The aim was to keep increasing the price of these allowances to encourage organisations to continue reducing their level of use. Initially the price paid for allowances was £12 per tonne of CO2. But this only covered Phase 1 of the programme, with Phase 2 due to be introduced in April 2014. It will run until March 2019. And it is expected the update will bring fresh challenges for hospitals across the country. Firstly, the price of allowances is likely to increase as new legislation suggests that in the future they may be auctioned or sold on the open market, placing an extra burden on organisations to comply with the scheme. Secondly, fines for failing to report on annual emissions could increase. Currently organisations are fined a one-off payment of £5,000; paying a further £500 for each subsequent day reports are delayed, up to a maximum of 40 working days – or £20,000.

Ref: http://www.energ-group.com/cmr-consultants/information-centre/news/2013/06/quick-guide-to-updated-crc-energy-efficiency-scheme/

Healthcare Estates 2013 provides visitors with a dedicated energy section at this year’s show incorporating the ‘energy theatre offering ‘free’ presentations to pre-registered visitors to the show. Supported by theCarbon and Energy Fund  and Carbon Trust the area boasts key companies offering advice to healthcare organisations. Companies supporting the area include; British Gas, Low Carbon Europe, GE Corporate, Sabien Technology, Whitecroft Lighting, Dalkia, E.ON, Lucy Switchgear, DPS Bristol, IRT Surveys, Sentinel Performance Solutions, Turner EPS, Damar Group, Thorlux Lighting, ENER-G, and Vital Energi.

ENER-G one of the companies exhibiting at Healthcare Estates has published A Quick Guide to the Updated CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. Despite its simplification, the CRC can impose a significant cost and resource burden on an organisation. In addition, the scheme is being amended on a regular basis by the Government and there appears to be no sign of this changing

The report provides an overview of the scheme and sets out the likely changes that will soon come into force. And it charts the changes that have already been made following heavy criticism of the first phase. These include the abolishment, in late 2012, of the CRC Performance League Table, which was said to place an unnecessary burden on organisations. At the same time the Government revealed that a full review of the CRC would take place in 2016 and provided more detail on its ‘simplification package’, setting out 46 changes that aim to create a ‘new, leaner, simplified and refocused CRC’. Among the changes, the number of fuels that participants have to report on will be reduced from 29 to just two – electricity and gas for heating.

CRC affects all public and private sector organisations consuming more than 6,000 MWh/year through their half-hourly meters. This equates to approximately £500,000 plus energy spend per year. Between them, these organisations are said to be responsible for 10% of all UK carbon emissions.

Other simplifications include reducing the number of fuels participants must report on from 29 to 2 (electricity and gas, the latter for heating) and removing the 90% rule, which required organisations to account for at least 90% of their carbon footprint.

“The government has simplified the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, but the legislation can still impose a significant cost and resource burden on organisations”, said Dr Cedric Rodrigues, Managing Director of CMR Consultants. “There are two key areas that organisations must consider urgently, which are qualifying and registering for Phase 2 and developing a carbon reduction strategy ahead of Phase 2.”

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Energy Theatre

Supporting the main conference, the Energy Theatre features presentations from Carbon Energy Fund with a ‘bidders teach in’, presentations will also be made by Cynergin, Dalkia, E.ON, British Gas, Spirax Sarco, GE Corporate, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Trend Control Systems.

Healthcare Estates Exhibition & Conference 8th and 9th October 2013, Manchester Central (GMEX), Manchester

Healthcare Estates organisers, Step Exhibitions are mailing out thousands of complimentary tickets to potential visitors to the exhibition. With a range of benefits for pre-registered visitors, complimentary sessions, VIP status to key people in the sector and the ability to book appointments with key companies once registered the organisers have once again upped the importance of this crucial annual event for those working in the sector.

Look out for the ticket, if you haven’t received yours, contact the organisers on 01892 518877 or email: healthcare@stepes.com

The exhibition provides visitors with an opportunity to find out about the latest changes and implications for you and your teams. For estates and facilities departments, architects, consulting engineers, construction companies, suppliers and others directly involved in managing estates and facilities the exhibition, features and conference is critical to helping you run your organisation.

The exhibition brings together suppliers and customers in the largest gathering of the UK healthcare sector. With 180+ exhibitors and key organisations representing over 200 companies providing quality presentations to visitors, just one day at the event could help you and your work colleagues in many ways.

Over two days on the 8th and 9th October, Manchester Central (formerly GMEX), will host the whole industry under one roof.

Healthcare reforms have heaped huge pressure on the estates departments within healthcare and NHS Directors and Managers are struggling to see how they will cope with budget cuts and the savings required, while still delivering excellent and vital services to ensure patient welfare is maintained and standards met.

Face-to-face, visitors and suppliers have the opportunity to make practical decisions while considering the feel of the product together with the knowledge of the supplier. With most of the key suppliers and organisations servicing the healthcare sector in the same place, you can compare every aspect of products and service available

The challenges will be for organisations to adapt to new ways of working, often in partnership with other organisations, and to respond quickly to the demand that will be created for high quality, low cost services.

Healthcare Professionals VIP Scheme – benefit from a range of offers

Time away from running any business is critical and the benefits of attending an exhibition must be obvious from the outset. The organisers working closely with IHEEM will ensure healthcare visitors get maximum value from the show.

Qualifying visitors from the NHS, Department of Health, Private Health, Hospice, Care Home, Mental Health Trust, Primary Care or Strategic Health Authority will be offered a VIP package that will cover the costs of parking and refreshments on site, a dedicated area to network with colleagues and meet with key suppliers exhibiting at the show. If requested we will help plan your day, set up meetings with suppliers and can even help find accommodation and places to eat.

Healthcare professionals registering before the 21st September will be sent a range of benefits and information to help plan their attendance at Healthcare Estates. Our team will ensure that you get the most out of attending the UK’s biggest and most relevant event in the year. If you think you qualify and would like more information call our registration team on 01892 518877 alternatively register at www.healthcare-estates.co.uk and ‘register now’ to be upgraded.

More products, more choice

By experiencing the range of products on offer, you can be sure to make the right decision, Healthcare Estates exhibition provides you with every opportunity to see products demonstrated, essential in an industry where actually touching or using the product is part of the buying process.

With the whole industry together, Healthcare Estates is also the perfect place to network. Some people thrive on networking, while others cringe at the thought, but an exhibition where customers and suppliers rub shoulders with their peers, competitors and future suppliers and employers is invaluable.

Visitors to Healthcare Estates will also benefit from discussions around the hottest topics of the moment and you can learn the latest methods to deal with specific issues you encounter in your job. Lots of companies invest in training on a regular basis, but there is nothing better than learning from experts and highly experience speakers.

Healthcare Estates is open from 8.45 am each morning, Manchester is one of the most accessible places from most parts of the UK, and the easiest city to travel around. Booking your train ticket today could save you a lot of money, and once in Manchester we are a just short walk from Piccadilly station and surrounded by hotels and facilities to make your visit worthwhile.

Entrance to the exhibition is complimentary and registration couldn’t be simpler, online at www.healthcare-estates.com or you can turn up onsite and register for free. (NB VIP visitors will need to pre-register on or before the 21st September)

The exhibition is attended by many professionals involved in the sector; management from the department of health, NHS estates, facilities, sustainability and procurement professionals, managers and buyers for private hospitals, nursing and care homes. You will also be mixing with visitors and exhibitors from NHS Trusts, Primary care, Ambulance trusts, mental trusts, care trusts, foundation hospitals, architects, consultants, main contractors, developers and government bodies and agencies.

Healthcare Estates features over 200 leading companies, showcasing the latest technologies, equipment and services specifically designed to improve healthcare environments and the patient experience. So make Healthcare Estates a date in your diary, we look forward to seeing you there.

Conference

The Healthcare Estates conference features 80+ speakers on a range of topics under the headings; Estates & Facilities, Engineering, Energy Savings Solutions, Design & Construction, Infection Prevention, Research & development, Property & Premises Management.

Delegates are able to move from stream to stream and also benefit from time to attend free sessions and ‘the fringe’ events during the day. Delegates are given time to visit the exhibition and provided with meeting areas in the show so they can catch up with colleagues, meet new contacts and catch up on their day to day work while at the show.

Dinner & Awards

The IHEEM dinner and awards will feature Mark Colbourne MBE, Paralympic Gold Medallist and Motivational Speaker. Mark Colbourne is Great Britain’s newest Gold medal Paralympian in the sport of cycling.

Mark has gone through hell and back to reach his first Paralympic Games at London 2012, after he broke his back in a near fatal paragliding accident in May 2009 and even though he was left with lower leg paralysis and drop foot in both feet, he fought for 12 months to learn to walk again with walking aids and now prides himself as a full time professional Para-cyclist for his country.

He was the superhuman athlete behind the very first medal won for Paralympics GB at the London 2012 home games with his well-deserved Silver medal on the track in the 1km individual time trial. He obtained a 3 second personal best time but was piped for the Gold by the new World Record holder from China.

The very next day Mark broke the 3km pursuit World Record twice in one day at the amazing state of the art London Velodrome. He annihilated the current world record by 7 seconds in the morning and then went on to beat it again by 0.2 seconds in the final the very same night. In what is his preferred event on the track, he went on to win the 3km pursuit and obtain his first Paralympic Gold medal, as the new and up and coming GB Para-cyclist.

As a determined professional athlete Mark didn’t stop there with his amazing haul of 2 medals at his first games, he then entered the 10 mile individual road time trial 5 days later with fire in his belly and his eyes firmly set on another chance of a medal. Mark didn’t disappoint the crowds at the Brands Hatch circuit and finished only a close 12 seconds behind the Gold medal winner and was very proud to win his second Silver medal of the London 2012 Paralympics in style.

Mark will talk about his life changing experiences, support from the healthcare sector, his own positive attitude to life and sport. Mark delivers his story from the heart and about his life to date and cycling career so far. Mark talks about the highs and lows of having a life changing experience and competing on the international stage at the London 2012 Paralympics. Mark can link the lessons he has learnt through sport to improving any aspect of your life or business. In a world where the smallest margins are the difference between winning and losing or living and dying, this man can explain what it takes to not only push our body and mind to their limits in order to achieve your dreams against all odds but also to enjoy to the max life while you can!

Healthcare Estates event – providing answers

For all those involved in the running, maintaining and delivery of the healthcare estate, this event is important to you. Tackling issues of cost control, reducing energy, and return on investment makes attending even more valuable to you and your team. Visiting the show will enable you to create your own tool box to ensure your facility remains a risk-free environment. You will also be able to plan appointments, and plan training for everyone attending in one of the four theatres or fringe events, all free to pre-registered visitors. Make sure you book today to get the most from your presence at the show at www.healthcare-estates.com

For more info etc.

Michelle Michelucci or Belinda Walter on 01892 518877 or email:healthcare@stepex.com

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