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13 May 2016 at 15:05

A hospital trust has taken delivery of an eco-vehicle to help reduce fuel emissions around its estate.

The van has been loaned to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust by Veolia, for a period of four years.

MP Rosie Cooper joined Trust staff and Veolia officials as the new van was unveiled on Friday 13 May.

The Trust has a long-standing partnership with Veolia – the global resource management company - which runs combined heat and power (CHP) plants that deliver low carbon electricity and heat at both Southport and Ormskirk hospital sites.

The Trust generates its own power using CHP and can even sell any surplus electricity back into the National Grid. 

Last year this was enough power to supply 850 three bedroom houses for a whole year, and annually saves over 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions – equivalent to 2,200 cars.

The eco-van is a new step in making hospital day-to-day work more environmentally friendly and will be recharged using the low carbon electricity generated by the Hospital CHP plants.

Rosie Cooper, MP, said: “It was a real pleasure to join Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and Veolia at the unveiling of their new eco-van.

“Their joint approach to generating energy from the hospitals existing activities highlights how innovative and creative solutions can be harnessed to avoid waste and ensure organisations are as environmentally friendly as possible.

“Large organisations, such as the hospital trust and Veolia, taking a forward-thinking and responsible attitude to lowering their carbon emissions is an essential contribution to tackling the threats we and future generations face from climate change.”

Graham Turton, Trust Energy Manager, said: “We are delighted that Veolia has donated such an environmentally van to our Trust fleet. We had been using a diesel vehicle but this van means we will have minimal impact on the environment when we travel between sites and around the area to clinics.

“Seven years ago the Trust gained the environmental benefits from its own purpose built Energy Centre and CHP to enable it to generate its own power. Veolia has helped us reduce our carbon footprint over the years and its loan of this vehicle is another green boost.”

Pat Gilroy, COO Industrial Customers UK from Veolia, added: “The introduction of this eco van demonstrates a way of further reducing CO2 emissions in the NHS. Using low carbon power to recharge the vehicle also helps to reduce climate change and increases sustainability”.

The Trust also has two new electric car charging points at Southport hospital which can be used by the public.

Photo Caption: MP Rosie Cooper joins representatives from the Trust and Veolia with the new eco-van.


Issued by Dickie Felton
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone     01704 705061
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Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is hosted by the Trust from Southport hospital.  In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases.

2. Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 174,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries.  Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2014, the group Veolia supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 60 million people with wastewater service, produced 52 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 31 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €25.0 billion in 2015.