Eco-van donation to Trust
A Hospital Trust has taken delivery of
an eco-vehicle to help reduce fuel emissions around its estate.
The van has been loaned to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust by Veolia,
for a period of 4 years.
MP Rosie Cooper joined Trust staff and Veolia officials as the new van was
unveiled on Friday, 13 May 2016.
The Trust has a long standing partnership with Veolia; the global resource
management company; which runs combined heat and power (CHP) plants that
deliver low carbon electricity and heat at both Southport and Ormskirk Hospital
The Trust generates its own power using CHP and can even sell any surplus
electricity back into the National Grid.
Last year (2015) this was enough power to supply 850 3 bedroom houses for a whole year,
and annually saves over 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions; equivalent to 2,200
The eco-van is a new step in making Hospital day to day work more
environmentally friendly and will be recharged using the low carbon electricity
generated by the Hospital CHP plants.
Rosie Cooper, MP, said:- "It was a real pleasure to join Southport and
Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and Veolia at the unveiling of their new eco-van.
Their joint approach to generating energy from the Hospitals existing activities
highlights how innovative and creative solutions can be harnessed to avoid waste
and ensure organisations are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Large organisations, such as the hospital trust and Veolia, taking a
forward thinking and responsible attitude to lowering their carbon emissions is
an essential contribution to tackling the threats we and future generations face
from climate change."
Graham Turton, Trust Energy Manager, said:- "We are delighted that Veolia
has donated such an environmentally van to our Trust fleet. We had been using a
diesel vehicle, but this van means we will have minimal impact on the environment
when we travel between sites and around the area to clinics. 7 years ago the
Trust gained the environmental benefits from its own purpose built Energy Centre
and CHP to enable it to generate its own power. Veolia has helped us reduce our
carbon footprint over the years and its loan of this vehicle is another green
Pat Gilroy, COO Industrial Customers UK from Veolia, added:- "The
introduction of this eco van demonstrates a way of further reducing CO2
emissions in the NHS. Using low carbon power to recharge the vehicle also helps
to reduce climate change and increases sustainability."
The Trust also has 2 new electric car charging points at Southport Hospital
which can be used by the public.
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