“I am delighted to introduce this best practice guide for developing Trust-wide energy strategies for the NHS. This is a key area of strategic investment for Trusts in meeting the challenge to reduce their estate operating costs. 

The economic benefits of strategic investment in energy projects are well known and understood by the NHS. National evidence suggests that there is still a lot more the NHS can do. This guide will provide a valuable source of information to Estates professionals, who have responsibility for developing viable strategic energy solutions for their organisations. 

The ongoing revenue savings these schemes release provide much needed extra savings for Trust Boards. These resources can be utilised directly to improve the delivery of frontline patient care, or as leverage to provide capital funds with which to address the growing critical infrastructure and backlog maintenance risks of the NHS Estate. 

Energy costs are currently rising and the outlook going forward is for that trend to continue. I believe this document, produced by the energy industry in partnership with NHS Directors, professional and academic bodies, is the most comprehensive source of reference material available to Trusts, to enable them actively to develop and deliver commercially viable strategic energy solutions to significantly reduce the annual £650M NHS energy bill.” 


The Best Practice Guide is now available in a digital format and FREE to all NHS Trusts (£50 for all other organisations). For your copy, please fully complete the form below and click the SUBMIT FORM button. Once your form has been assessed, you will either be emailed a link from which to download your FREE guide or emailed a pro forma invoice which, upon payment verification you will be emailed a link from which to download your guide.

The 116 page document has been rigorously examined by a panel of delegates including: two distinguished Cambridge University professors, representatives from NHS Improvement, NHS Scotland, Heads of Estates from several of the larger NHS Trusts, the recent and current presidents of both IHEEM and HEFMA and contributing technical authors with more than 50 years’ experience and over 100 projects in the energy services sector.

Highly commended for its suitability for a diverse range of audiences as well as its in-depth content, writing style and visual accessability (navigation, type styling, tables, illustrations, diagrams and info graphics), one academic remarked: “There are many books that are effectively greenwash, finally we have a guide that has real and usable content.”

Who are the CEF?

Launched by Greg Barker MP at IHEEM in 2011, the Carbon and Energy Fund (CEF) has been specifically created to fund, facilitate and project manage complex energy infrastructure upgrades for the NHS and wider Public Sector.
The CEF was co-created with the Department of Health. It is a special purpose vehicle allowing different parts of the Public Sector and NHS to work together. It employs an experienced team drawn from the NHS, National Services Scotland, National Procurement, NHS Strategic Buying Solutions, Oxford AHSN and The Countess of Chester Hospital. In addition to Health it has been chosen as the procurement vehicle for the Cabinet Office Public Sector Solar Scheme and Manchester City Council District Energy Program.
The route to working with the CEF is to seek membership, which then makes all the support of the CEF available to the New Member for the entire procurement, installation and savings monitoring period of the contract.
With a proven track record of more than 40 projects and in-depth experience of procurement, engineering, legal and finance, the CEF is the organisation to successfully guides Public Sector clients through the complex processes involved.

Why Choose Us

  • Created by the NHS for the NHS and Public Sector
  • Efficient and proven OJEU compliant procurement process
  • Access to a £300m+ fund of capital funding
  • The widest choice of ESCo contractors in the UK
  • CEF provides all the specialist skills and resources
  • No up front fees
  • TDA approved procurement process
  • A track record of 40+ successful UK projects to-date