Working Group

Institutional Rhythms and Energy Demand Working Group

An opportunity to participate in a series of three one day events on methods of reducing energy and travel demand

The NHS requires new ways of working if it is to meet its climate change targets. As activity in the healthcare system continues to increase, the NHS needs innovative methods to reduce demand for energy and travel and cut carbon emissions and costs, without compromising on patient care.

One way of doing this is to understand more about how patterns of work impact on demand for energy and travel. This series of three one day events is designed to share concepts, methods, and strategies for modifying working arrangements in order to reduce energy use and the need for travel.

Each event will include presentations from participants and invited speakers from academic and professional backgrounds, as well as workshops to develop innovative approaches to energy and mobility demand management, which can be disseminated across the NHS.

1: Exchanging Ideas (13th Sep 2016, 10.30am – 4.30pm, DEMAND, Lancaster University)

This first session will present new ways of thinking about what energy is used for and new methods of mapping trends and patterns of energy demand and travel.

2: Examining Practical Cases (7th Feb 2017, 10.30am – 4.30pm, Airedale Hospital TBC)

The second event will focus on practical cases identified from research with three NHS hospitals. These will be used to examine opportunities for changing the timing of established working arrangements to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions and to discuss the challenges involved.

3: Developing New Strategies (23rd May 2017, 10.30am – 4.30pm, Blackpool Hospital TBC)

The final event will review and share practical experiences and ideas about how NHS trusts might change working arrangements to reduce their overall energy demand, promote lower-carbon forms of travel, and enable demand response.

The Institutional Rhythms and Energy Demand Working Group is designed to build links between academics and professionals working on sustainability and energy demand in large institutions. Participants will include researchers whose work focuses on energy, demand and sustainability, professionals working in the field of sustainable consumption and sustainability in the NHS, and staff working in the hospitals involved in the project.

If you would like to join the Institutional Rhythms Working Group, please get in touch with Stanley Blue ( Participation is free and funding is available to cover the costs of travel.

These events are organized by Dr Stanley Blue as part of the Institutional Rhythms project, see: with the support of the DEMAND centre (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand), see: