Council pioneers new heating project
A London borough is on the brink of launching a pioneering new scheme which will convert wasted energy from a nearby plant into heating for its local communities.
Southwark Council has teamed up with Veolia Environmental Services Southwark to spearhead the heat network project. Energy that is wasted at the South East London Combined Heat and Power, Energy from Waste plant in Lewisham will be pumped into a network of underground pipes, which is yet to be built.
It will then be transported to boiler houses which provide hot water and heating to six estates in the area such as Abbeyfield, Silverlock and Four Squares.
This method will lead to carbon dioxide emissions being reduced by 70% in those areas, and the communities will also see a 90% drop in local pollutants. It is thought that the project will help to bring down the district's total green house gases emissions by 8,000 to 10,000 tonnes each year.
"Once again Southwark is leading the way in finding ways to cut down green house gases in central London. This comes hot on the heels of opening the borough's award winning recycling centre on the Old Kent Road," said Cllr Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling.
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