Northland DHB to replicate energy savings
save energy at Northland District Health Board’s Bay of Islands hospital has been so successful it has been replicated at the DHB’s Dargaville hospital, and Kaitaia hospital will shortly follow suit.
The Kawakawa project, funded by the DHB, installed modern heat- pumps to replace a centralised boiler that provided hot water and heating. For the latter two projects, Northland DHB was able to access the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority’s (EECA) Crown loans programme targeting hospitals, universities and local government.
“Northland DHB has made a commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by 15 percent in 2025. Aside from the clear financial benefits, replacing the boilers is part of the strategy to reduce our carbon footprint,” the DHB’s general manager, finance, funding and commercial services Meng Cheong said.
“The EECA Crown loan goes a long way towards reducing the use of stationary diesel on its sites and in turn significantly reduces our emissions.”
EECA research shows that public sector organisations, just like any business, can save up to 20 percent of the energy they use through smarter energy use. That can have a big impact on energy bills. Other benefits, such as improved patient comfort and care through better lighting, heating and cooling, are typical for such projects.”
In the past five years, 38 public sector projects have received Crown loans, resulting in cumulative savings of over $9 million and carbon reductions of over 5,000 tonnes each, says EECA.