The award winning energy efficiency upgrade of Italian University Hospital S. Orsola Malpighi is completed

Picture from left to right: Mr Stefano Bonaccini (Region Emilia-Romagna), Mr Virginio Merola (City of Bologna), Mrs Antonella Messori (University Hospital S. Orsola),
Mr Francesco Ubertini (University Bologna), Mr Claudio Levorato (Manutencoop)

Bologna – eeef is pleased to announce the successful completion of the energy efficiency upgrade to the Italian University Hospital S. Orsola-Malpighi financed by the European Energy Efficiency Fund (eeef).  Together with its project partners Progetto ISOM (Concessionaire), Manutencoop and Siram (EPC/O&M consortium and Sponsors), Sinloc (Financial Arranger and Sponsor), the eeef has been pursuing the implementation of the award-winning project over the last four years. A team of 750 workers, 60 engineers worked on new generation power plants and a tri-generation system producing a combination of electric, thermal and cooling energy for the hospital to lower its energy consumption, costs and pollution. The project was realised within the complex network of the hospital including 87 operational units without disturbing medical services provided to patients – namely 20,000 visitors daily.

With the aim to reduce energy consumption, the eeef provided the university hospital a project and VAT bond facility of EUR 31.8 million in 2013 to fund the upgrade of its entire fluid production and distribution system. This included the construction of its own tri-generation plant with a district heating and cooling network of 15 kilometres and energy re-coverage to produce electricity. The project, now complete and in full operation, achieved final commissioning in 2017 with inauguration taking place on 20 October 2017 in Bologna (Italy).

For the local public healthcare, it is a significant step forward, as the university hospital is one of the largest in the country, making it a model for others to follow.  This project was one of the most important operations in energy efficiency in Italy. Recognised in 2015 at the ‘CESEF Energy Efficiency Awards’ in the financial category, this is a great achievement demonstrating how positive energy efficiency investment in a hospital through a Public Private Partnership, can improve the service to citizens.

For further information please refer to following:

eeef: project video of University Hospital S. Orsola Malpighi

Manutencoop: new power plants and tri-generation systems for University Hospital S. Orsola Malpighi

Progetto ISOM S.p.A. is a special purpose vehicle established by Manutencoop Facility Management S.p.A., Siram S.p.A. and Sinloc S.p.A., to build and manage the new technological centre for highly efficient energy production and distribution for the University Hospital S. Orsola Malpighi. A consortium consisting of Manutencoop Facility Management S.p.A. and Siram S.p.A. has assumed the engineering procurement construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) role. The grantor of the concession is the S. Orsola-Malpighi Teaching Hospital of Bologna.

The European Energy Efficiency Fund (eeef) S.A., SICAV-SIF is a “société d’investissement à capital variable” governed by Luxembourg law and initiated by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Investment Bank. eeef increased the initial capitalisation provided by the European Commission with contributions from the sponsors European Investment Bank, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti as well as the investment manager Deutsche Bank. eeef is an innovative public-private partnership dedicated to mitigate climate change through energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy in the member states of the European Union.

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