On the 13th September 2016, we held the first impact workshop for the Institutional Rhythms project. The Institutional Rhythms and Energy Demand working group, which brings together hospital staff, managers, and clinicians; sustainability professionals working in and with the NHS; and academics working in the DEMAND centre, met for the first time at Lancaster University. The aim of the working group is to explore the potential scope that large institutions (like hospitals) have for shifting the timing of working arrangements as a way of steering demand for energy, travel, and consumables, and for reducing related carbon emissions and costs to the NHS.
In this first of these three linked events, the working group learned about the DEMAND centre’s innovative approach to end use energy demand, investigated opportunities for intervention arising from the Institutional Rhythms project, and tackled two specific sticky problems for energy demand and travel in hospitals. (There was, of course, also enough time to squeeze in a game of floorball!)
A full report and set of photographs from the first workshop are available here.
The next working group meeting will be held at Airedale General Hospital on the 7th February 2017 when members will begin collaborating on a series of case studies inspired by Institutional Rhythms project, that can be disseminated across the NHS as examples of opportunities for reconfiguring the timings of working arrangements as a way of shaping patterns of demand for energy, travel, and goods.