The Carbon and Energy Fund Ireland (CEFI) is an organisation specifically created to fund, facilitate and project manage complex energy infrastructure upgrades within the Irish health economy and the wider Public Sector. 

In 2013, the Health Service Executive established the National Health Sustainability Office (NHSO) to develop and build staff, patient and public awareness of sustainability issues, to deliver lower costs and a healthier environment. The NHSO is tasked to support and enable improved energy management within the healthcare economy.

In 2015 and as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme, the NHSO took part in a Knowledge Exchange Programme with the NHS, the outcome of which was the establishment of an Intergovernmental Partnership with the NHS through the Carbon and Energy Fund (CEF), in delivering Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) in Ireland.

A Framework for ESCo Contractors was tendered in Q1 2017 and has resulted in the procurement of 11 successful bidders to the Irish Framework. These are: Ameresco Ltd, Aramark, Asset Plus Energy Performance, Cynergin Projects Ltd, Doosan Babcock Ltd, ENER-G Combined Power Ltd, ESB, FC Energy Solutions (JV), Imtech, Veolia Energy Ireland and Vital Energy Utilities Ltd.

The framework is designed for energy retrofits repaid through guaranteed savings over a fixed term, providing healthcare facilities with a streamlined and cost efficient framework within which they can upgrade their energy systems. To view the full Public Sector Energy Efficiency Strategy Report, please click here >>

Created by the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the benefit of their staff and stakeholders, this video shows how the trustees and managers recognised the need to upgrade their outdated energy infrastructure.

It also describes the procurement, project management and installation processes for the new technologically advanced Combined Heat & Power boilers (CHP) and District Heating that deliver guaranteed energy, environmental and financial savings together with a vastly improved hospital environment.


Who are the CEFI?

CEF Ireland (CEFI) was created in 2016 to deliver Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) on behalf of the HSE’s NHSO, as part of its’ Intergovernmental Partnership with the NHS.

CEF Ireland (CEFI) is a subsidiary company of the Carbon and Energy Fund (CEF) – a special purpose vehicle allowing different parts of the Public Sector and NHS to work together. It employs an experienced team drawn from the NHS, National Services Scotland, National Procurement, NHS Strategic Buying Solutions, Oxford AHSN and The Countess of Chester Hospital.

The route to working with the CEFI is to seek membership, which then makes all the support of the CEFI available to the New Member for the entire procurement, installation and savings monitoring period of the contract.

With a proven track record of more than 50 projects and in-depth experience of procurement, engineering, legal and finance, the CEFI is the organisation to successfully guides Public Sector clients through the complex processes involved.

Why you should use the CEFI?

  • CEFI has been created to support the HSE’s NHSO

  • Efficient and proven OJEU compliant procurement process

  • Access to a €300m+ fund of capital funding

  • The widest choice of ESCo contractors in the UK

  • CEFI provides all the specialist skills and resources

  • No up front fees

  • Approved by the HSE Leadership Team

  • A track record of 50 successful European projects to-date

CEFI Member Organisations