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Renfrewshire CHP

Carbon Saving Initiatives, Renfrewshire CHP

Thousands of pounds are being saved at Renfrew Health and Social Work Centre thanks to a new ecosmart approach by staff.

Jean Still, head of administration, at Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, and colleagues spotted a number of energy saving opportunities and are now enjoying recurring savings of nearly £7000.

Carbon emissions have been reduced by 15 per cent and the centre’s annual gas and electricity bills are down by more than 10 per cent.

Jean said: “We’ve achieved this with an investment of £813 and working together with the energy manager Sam Selwyn and Liz Cowie, operational support officer.

“We now have an eco friendly building thanks to using natural lighting to the maximum, better working conditions, extending the working life of plant and equipment and meeting the Scottish Government’s emissions target.”

Staff are being encouraged to take simple, practical steps by switching off lights in areas not in use and switching off their PCs, particularly at weekends.

Jean went on: “I see this approach as an opportunity to make savings which don’t impact on services and over the coming months I think we will be one of the most energy efficient buildings in the board area.

“We are now sharing what we have learned throughout NHSGGC.”

The Renfrew team also worked with NHSGGC acute and partnership, GPs, Renfrewshire Council and the utility suppliers to achieve their results.