Faulkner Hospital commits to reducing energy

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital at 1153 Centre St. continues to work toward reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020, and 80 percent by 2050, according to a press release.

In 2010, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital purchased and installed dual fuel burners for the hospital’s power plant. The new equipment reduces emissions and saves up to $500,000 a year in fuel costs.

“It was great for reliability, it was great for the environment and it was great for the operational budget,” Faulkner Director of Facilities Paul Keating said in a release.

Currently, Keating and his team are focused on further upgrades to the power plant. The 18-month project involves replacing emergency generators, replacing two high-pressure boilers and installing a new gas-fired combined heat and power system. The goal of the project is to improve energy efficiency and reduce air emissions.

The new system will run on natural gas, which, when burned, produces less carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides than oil.

Other energy conservation measures have included LED lighting in the parking garages and parking lots.

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital is a 150-bed teaching hospital. Its website is brighamandwomensfaulkner.org.

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