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S5W-06559: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 25 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to (a) improve and (b) monitor the energy efficiency of NHS buildings in light of the finding in the Audit Scotland report, NHS in Scotland 2016, that the "outstanding maintenance required to keep the NHS estate across Scotland up to a good standard amounted to £898 million. This is £101 million (13 per cent) more than in 2014".

Answered by: Shona Robison 7 February 2017

Energy efficiency projects are funded, mainly, through each NHS Board’s capital allocation. The significant reduction in energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions between 1990 and 2016 (referenced in PQ S5W-06553 on 3 February 2017) has been achieved through the implementation of a range of energy efficiency projects – all supported by Scottish Government. In 2017, the Scottish Government is making a further £7million available to NHS Boards for energy efficiency projects. These include a large-scale energy infrastructure project at St John’s Hospital in Livingston which should see that site’s greenhouse gas emissions reduce by around 36%.

It should be noted that the backlog maintenance figure reported by Audit Scotland is not exclusive to energy infrastructure. However, the various energy efficiency projects being undertaken across the estate will reduce the backlog maintenance figure significantly.

In terms of monitoring energy performance, in 2015 Scottish Government funded a new energy monitoring and reporting tool for NHSScotland and this is owned and maintained by Health Facilities Scotland (HFS). The tool uploads data from automatic meter readers across the estate to provide energy consumption information on a ‘day+1’ basis, allowing rapid identification of problems so that appropriate remedial action can be taken. Further, the tool uploads energy invoice data on a monthly basis as a further check. In the first week of the tool’s operation, HFS identified energy consumption anomalies at a number of health centres that would have gone unnoticed using standard billing data: resultant remedial actions (adjustment to controls settings) resulted in immediate savings of c£100,000.

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