Kent and Medway and Social Care Partnership Trust is seeking to cut its energy use by 23 per cent and reduce its carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2015.

Sustainability group Skanska has been named as the preferred bidder and the firm will now visit 12 of the trust’s current sites, measuring current energy usage and recommending energy saving measures for the trust to make.

The measures are expected to take a year to put in place and range from behaviour change programmes to installing renewable energy sources such as biomass boilers. 

Trust chief executive Angela Mcnab said: “The savings gained from the energy efficiency infrastructure upgrades to our properties will allow the project to remain cost neutral to the trust until payback is achieved, after which we will benefit from considerable savings on utilities costs.

She added: “This contract will contribute to our plans to focus saving initiatives on corporate costs wherever possible to protect front line services, as well as doing our bit to protect the environment”.