DIGITAL FESTIVAL: Decarbonising Healthcare Buildings

Our next series of digital events will look at decarbonising healthcare buildings.

In October 2020, the NHS became the world’s first health service to commit to reaching carbon net zero, with two evidence-based targets including being net zero carbon by 2040 in line with the UK Government’s target for the country to become net zero carbon by 2050.

The elemental Decarbonising Healthcare Buildings festival will involve a series of digital events with informative and inspiring panel discussions for all those tasked with getting NHS properties to net zero.

It will run from 11th to 13th October, on the elemental Crowdcast channel, hosted by journalist Rachel England, with the panellists exploring how healthcare buildings can be made more energy and water efficient.

The elemental Decarbonising Healthcare Buildings line-up:

Retrofit strategies for reducing energy use in healthcare buildings – 1pm, 11th October

The NHS is one of highest users of energy in the UK, with buildings that run 24/7, including medical equipment plus heating, ventilation, lighting and air conditioning. Reducing the energy used in hospitals and clinics, therefore, is a complex challenge, but one that is being addressed – every NHS Trust in England now has a green plan in place to meet net zero by 2040. That’s 212 NHS Trusts, including more than 1,000 hospitals and other healthcare facilities. This webinar will look at how these buildings can approach energy-saving retrofit projects that cut costs and carbon, improve air quality and create a healthier environment for patients, staff and visitors.


  • Heather Foster, Sector Lead – Healthcare, Veolia UK
  • Janet Smith, Head Of Sustainability at Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Nick MacDonald-Smith, Principle Energy and Environment Programme Officer, NHS Property Services

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Taking a whole-system approach to decarbonising heating – 1pm, 12th October

There is no single solution to decarbonising the heating in hospitals and other healthcare facilities – it requires a whole-system approach that considers both demand and generation, as well as the effect that the chosen heating system might have elsewhere in the building. This webinar will discuss some of the challenges facing healthcare buildings when switching to low-carbon heating and underline the importance of addressing energy efficiency at the same time.


  • Chris Brown, Energy Carbon & Financial Modeller, Energy Systems Catapult
  • Marc Beaumont, Head of Sustainability, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Oliver Riley, Design Director, Silver EMS
  • Lucy Symons-Jones, Director of Net Zero, Lexica

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Water efficiency in a healthcare setting – 11am, 13th October

NHS figures suggest that the health and care sectors cut water use by 21% between 2010 and 2017, but healthcare facilities are still looking for ways to improve efficiencies. Using technologies such as low-flow taps alongside water leak detection and greywater recycling are some of the water-efficient solutions being used. This webinar will look at some of the potential approaches to reducing water use in healthcare settings to ensure successful outcomes for patients, staff and stakeholders.


  • Tom Reynolds, CEO, Bathroom Manufacturers Association
  • Lisa Moore, Head of Public Sector, Water Plus
  • Philip Tamuno, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust

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