Up to half a million businesses and homes across the east of London could eventually be served by a district heating scheme which will be the largest of its kind in the UK.
Swedish energy company Vattenfall, which runs district heating schemes in across Europe, has joined forces with waste management company Cory Energy for the first stage of the project.
The planned heat network will be installed in phases as additional homes and low and zero-carbon heat sources join the network, which will serve 75,000 homes by the 2030s.
Mike Reynolds, Managing Director at Vattenfall Heat UK , said: “Most of London’s 3.5 million homes, and thousands of commercial buildings, are heated using fossil fuels - yet there are abundant other sources of cleaner heat, such as the ground, water or waste heat from industrial processes,”
“We’ve got to think big when it comes to removing emissions from heating, on a scale which works for global cities like London. District heating presents the best option for consumers in urban areas. It’s the cheapest source of low-carbon heat, it’s reliable and it’s resilient against energy shocks.”
Heating is responsible for a third of UK greenhouse gas emissions and over 25 million homes are still using fossil fuels to keep warm.