Hospital trust shortlisted for international energy-saving award

University Hospitals of South Manchester in running for coveted Ashden Award

Energy saving measures at the University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust have included the introduction of allotments

University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) is the only healthcare organisation to be named as a finalist in this year’s Ashden Awards.

The trust is one of eight entries to have made it onto the shortlist ahead of the awards ceremony in London on 30 May.

The world’s-leading green energy awards, the event throws the spotlight on ground-breaking green energy champions in the UK and the developing world and encourages others to follow their lead.

UHSM was picked after achieving a reduction of more than 35% in electricity and gas use over the past five years, amounting to a £390,000 saving on fuel bills this year alone.

The cut has been made possible through the introduction of new technologies such as biomass boilers, heating system upgrades, new lighting, new windows and insulation, and a change in staff behaviour. The trust has also built allotments and brought in Harris hawks to help keep the pigeon population down.

At the ceremony next month five UK winners will be named, with one selected to win the coveted Gold Award .

Click here to find out more about the awards and to see a full list of the finalists.

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