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Multinational utility Centrica has issued a new report showing how new energy technologies can help the healthcare and hospitality industries reduce their carbon emissions.

According to the report Powering Sustainability, distributed energy technologies such as battery storage, onsite generation and energy efficiency can help the industries meet more than half of the 20% carbon emission reduction target.

Centrica forecasts the technologies will help the industries deliver an 11% energy saving by 2030.

The healthcare and hospitality sectors represent 27% of the globe's total carbon emissions and have been given a target to reduce footprints by the Clean Growth Strategy.

Other key predictions provided in the report include:

  • The deployment of distributed energy solutions in just 50% of organisations could achieve annual savings of 9 MtCO2e by 2030
  • By 2030, the healthcare industry would reduce annual emissions by 16%, industries by 11% and the hospitality and leisure sectors by 14% of the current carbon footprints.

The report also recommends that a full assessment be completed across all sectors of business and the public sector, to identify the opportunities posed by distributed energy technology for the UK.

Jorge Pikunic, managing director of Centrica Business Solutions, said: "The UK has made a big contribution to the fight against global warming. Much of this has been due to the shift away from coal-fired generation and the deployment of solar and wind energy. But things get more difficult from here, as we strive to hit our goal of an 80% reduction in UK carbon emissions by 2050.

"The good news is that business and the public sector can play a central role over the next decade in our path to decarbonisation. This report shows how by adopting distributed energy technologies, we can significantly reduce emissions and make a positive impact to the economy at the same time."

The report builds on economic research produced by Centrica in November 2017, which identified that these sectors could achieve almost £1 billion of savings on annual energy spend in the UK, while delivering an £18.5 billion boost to the country's overall economic growth.