Delivering Sustainability Through Partnership – The Irish Healthcare Experience

• Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) programme in partnership with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and Carbon Energy Fund (CEF)
Intergovernmental Partnership with the NHS through CEF, to deliver Energy Performance Contracts in Ireland. CEF is working with the National Health Sustainability Office to fund, facilitate and project manage complex energy infrastructure upgrades within the Irish health sector.

• Optimising Power at Work programme in partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW)
The OPW manages and maintains the State’s property portfolio, the National Health Sustainability Office partnered with them to deliver a staff energy awareness and behavioural change programme to large healthcare facilities. The programme involves 3 key fundamentals:
1. Technology – Installing dedicated energy monitoring equipment in all buildings
2. Specialist Resources – Energy specialists working with energy teams in each building
3. Staff Engagement – Active energy teams comprising staff and other key stakeholders in each building

• Green Healthcare Programme in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Clean Technology Centre (CTC)
This programme worked with Irish hospitals and healthcare facilities to
1. Conserve Water
2. Reduce Healthcare Risk Waste
3. Reduce Food Waste
4. Increase Recycling & improve waste segregation
Through the programme the NHSO has developed a suite of resources for the Irish healthcare sector including Fact Sheets on information gathered on water use and waste, Best Practice examples and benchmarks, How-To-Guides and Case Studies of work carried out by Irish hospitals. The programme also involved working directly with hospitals to deliver a training and education programme to staff.