The Trust has received over £27 million of investment to improve energy efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint at Eastbourne DGH.

The money is part of £553 million in Government funding, announced in May, for affordable, low carbon heating and energy efficiency upgrades across the public sector.

The funding through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme will see clean, efficient heat pumps installed and energy efficiency upgrades across the majority of the Eastbourne site. This will involve insulation being added to the outside of the building, new fascia, new windows, new roofing, air source heat pumps and the addition of solar panels.

These improvements to the building will reduce the heating required and the upgraded heating system, powered by cleaner renewable energy, will reduce the use of fossil fuels, reducing our carbon footprint.

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme supports the aim of reducing emissions from public sector buildings by 75% by 2037, compared to a 2017 baseline. The Eastbourne DGH scheme is one of the first to take a whole building approach with work due to be completed by April 2023.

The funding is part of the £6.6 billion the Government is investing this Parliament to cut fossil fuel use and emissions from buildings.

Chris Hodgson, Director for Estates and Facilities said: “This funding will deliver improvements to Eastbourne DGH that will mean a significant reduction in the use of energy across the site which will be a key part of our aim to provide sustainable healthcare.”