North­land DHB to repli­cate en­ergy sav­ings

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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.

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