York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is taking a big step forward in reducing its carbon emissions at York and Bridlington hospitals.

A £9 million grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will support the transition from fossil fuels such as gas, oil and coal heating to renewable technologies.

York Hospital’s funding will provide energy efficiency improvements to the main ward block with external wall insulation and new windows, with low carbon heat pumps and pipework insulation resulting in a 575 tonnes of carbon saving.

At Bridlington Hospital the funding has the potential to achieve close to zero carbon emissions by replacing a 20-year old boiler with an air source heat pump.

Jane Money, Head of Sustainability, said: “This is fantastic news for the Trust. Our target is to deliver a net zero estate by 2040 on all our buildings and an 80 percent reduction by 2032. The project at Bridlington will achieve more than an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions and at York it is the first step in a new programme to work towards these targets with significant carbon savings.

The grant aided work is part of the Trust commitment to actively encourage, promote and achieve zero carbon emissions in all that it does in line with NHS targets.