At Jones, we recognise the growing awareness around the demand for responsible business behaviour with issues relating to sustainability, ethics and respect for all of our stakeholders. We are extremely passionate about culture, diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace and recognise the impacts that they have on both their environment and the society in which they operate.
St James’s Hospital has signed a new Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with Veolia in partnership with the Carbon and Energy Fund Ireland (CEFI). This EPC implementation is the largest of its kind in Irish healthcare to date.
The contract will deliver €26 million in guaranteed energy and operational savings. The hospital’s carbon footprint will be reduced by approximately 118,380 tonnes, cutting electrical consumption by 26% per annum. The new energy efficient equipment will also reduce the dependency on the Dublin 8 electrical grid and places the hospital in an optimum position to reach its 2030 climate targets.
We will be completing mechanical and electrical works on this impressive portfolio project. It is a Design Construct contract and part of our scope will include converting the existing steam boilers to low pressure hot water boilers and CHP plant, upgrading in excess of one hundred and eighty pumps throughout the hospital and upgrading the AHU’s in twelve operating theatres.
Mary Day, CEO of St James’s Hospital said: “The hospital has always been committed to innovation and the Energy Performance Contract allows us to lead the way as a sustainable healthcare provider, while continuing to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff.”
We have a long history working with St. James’s Hospital, we installed the complete mechanical services to St James’ Hospital Energy Centre in the mid 1980’s and we have been engaged to provide maintenance services in various capacities since. We currently provide mechanical services support together with a full-time site-based trades support and a 24-Hour emergency call-out service, 365 days a year. We have also been successfully engaged in several minor works construction projects on the site.
Peter Ennis, General Manager of our Maintenance Division says; “Our knowledge and understanding of the client’s requirements has allowed us to provide a turnkey solution with minimal impact to the operations of the country’s largest acute Hospital. This project is another example of the benefits of a long-term relationship with Jones Engineering from construction to ‘operation and maintenance’ and beyond.”
At Jones Engineering we believe sustainable goals can serve as a catalyst for a continuous cycle of improvement which is why we are incredibly proud to be a part of this project. We recognise that we have an important part to play in protecting and enhancing the environment for future generations and to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the construction industry. We work together at all levels to develop the correct attitude, practice and work habits, to ensure that we are continually improving our environmental performance.