‘Energy contract sees 100% electricity from renewable sources’ – Murphy

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Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy has welcomed the announcement from Health Minister Michelle O’Neill that electricity supplied to the health and social care sector will come from 100% renewable sources. Connor MurphyThe Minister made the announcement after the awarding of a new sustainable energy contract for the supply of electricity and natural gas to the health and social care sector. Murphy said this was yet another progressive step taken by a Sinn Féin minister. “This new contract will see electricity supplied from 100% renewable sources, flexibility for organisations in how they procure their energy and savings in excess of £4million on electricity during the first year of the contract,” he said. “The health and social care sector can play a leading role in reducing carbon emissions and encouraging healthier lifestyles to combat climate change, save money, and achieve health benefits. “I am also delighted that over the course of the contract the suppliers will provide extensive support to HSC organisations in line with the aims of the public health framework Making Life Better.
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Annie newry times box adHe continued, “This will cover a wide range of initiatives such as campaigns and community energy saving awareness schemes, sponsorship of access to events for charities and underprivileged young people, health and wellbeing and volunteering programmes. “It is increasingly recognised that we need strengthened collaboration across all sectors of society if we are to create the social, economic and environmental conditions to support good health and wellbeing, and this is an excellent example of a partnership approach which has added potential to benefit employees, customers and the wider public,” Murphy added.

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