HWEnergy recognised for carbon reductions

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HWEnergy has scooped an industry award for its carbon emissions reduction work.

The biomass specialist, which is headquartered in Fort William, bagged the accolade for its contribution to the NHS Scotland’s Carbon and Energy Reduction Framework.

Under the scheme, NHS Highland and NHS Ayrshire and Arran were able to reduce both their heating costs and carbon emissions.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran slashed its annual heating bills by 83%, saving 232 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Its £43,000 of savings were then reinvested into patient care.

HWEnergy’s managing director, Bruno Berardelli, was on hand to collect the Heating and Ventilation News Award for Renewable Public Sector Project of the Year.

He said: “It has been a very busy year for HWEnergy, and to receive recognition for such an important project from Heating & Ventilation News’ leading experts is the perfect reward for the team’s hard work.

“The project for NHS Highland in particular is very ambitious and we are very proud to be working with an organisation that is leading the way in making its operations greener and more cost efficient. As one of its objectives NHS Highland aims to deliver 60% of its heating requirements using biomass, saving 9,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum, the equivalent of almost 1,800 homes each year.

“This represents a significant proportion of the Government’s overall target which aims for 11% of all energy consumed to come from renewable sources by 2020. If more organisations made the change to renewable sources like NHS Highland and NHS Ayrshire and Arran, the target would be far more achievable.”

Iain McInally, head of estates at NHS Ayrshire and Arran, added: “The biomass project at Arran War Memorial Hospital demonstrates our commitment to reducing our energy consumption and carbon emissions to an extent that far exceeds the Scottish Government’s targets. This project also highlights our commitment to delivering our sustainability policy and driving forward our investment clean renewable energy.”

The company was also shortlisted for the Service and Maintenance Initiative of the Year Award for its heat supply contract with the Highland Council.

The green collaboration has saved almost £300,000 and almost 4 million tonnes in carbon emissions

HWEnergy, which has 50 staff, has completed more than 250 biomass heat projects since it was founded in 2003.