Before the creation of CEF, it was often following the construction and commissioning that energy schemes typically started to underperform. In the main, this was due to a lack of finance, contractual awareness, appropriate sector knowledge and resource. So once a scheme has reached completion, CEF automatically takes on the onus of Contract & Performance Assurance.

As projects are typically a minimum of 15 years it’s inevitable that things change – site size, personnel, technology and energy prices. Although the Contract caters for much of this, it’s independent Performance Assurance through Monitoring and Verification (M&V) that truly safeguards the long term savings by drawing on the CEF in-house knowledge pool to steer a way through any potential uncertainties that can, and do, arise.

*62.2 average availability calculated from ERIC returns for year ended April 2017.  **92% average availability on the CEF scheme using Contract & Performance Assurance

Our in-house team of consultants, legal, finance, contract management and M&V experts not only monitor and verify savings and performance on a regular basis, but check and double check any decisions and actions a contractor or Trust may want to implement in the event of any performance discrepancy or change in circumstances.

Although Capital constraints may make it difficult for some Trusts to justify ‘platinum level’ maintenance contracts, a ‘belt and braces’ approach is not the prudent option to take, as the Plant Performance illustration above demonstrates. Contract & Performance Assurance not only pays for itself, but protects the Trust from poor outcomes, and through regular engagement with all parties involved, ensures fair and proper Contract enactment and the savings guarantee delivered.

CEF has successfully delivered over 40 NHS energy schemes. Our sector recognized expertise, coupled with a robust and fit for purpose process allows us to consistently deliver schemes with an average of 92% system availability compared with an average of only 64.2% availability for NHS in-house managed schemes*. Which aptly demonstrates that an improved system availability delivers a far greater reliability and assured savings.

As a credentialed quality assurance provider with certified measurement and verification professionals within the team, CEF’s role as Contract and Performance Assurer, is to ensure that the Contract is properly enacted and the savings guarantee met, so that both parties, Trust and Contractor, receive what they are due.

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