Leeds UK expanding District Heating Network fueled by Unrecyclable Waste

Oct. 11, 2022
The extension of the district heating system, working with Vital Energi, will cost about 7.2 million Euros ($7.2M U.S.) and add to the 47M-Euro Leeds PIPES network which supplied about 13,900 MWh of reduced carbon heating last year

United Kingdom-based energy efficiency firm Vital Energi is working with the city council in Leeds to expend the municipality’s district heating network by 2,500 meters to reach more buildings.

Construction has begun after the Leeds City Council approved the work in the city centre area. The extension of the district heating system will cost about 7.2 million Euros ($7.2M U.S.) and add to the 47M-Euro Leeds PIPES network which supplied about 13,900 MWh of reduced carbon heating last year, according to the report.

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Heat and energy recovered from non-recyclable waste is used to generate hot water for buildings in the city in northern England. The waste-to-energy work lowers carbon emissions compared to fossil-fuel alternatives, the planners say.

“Our city’s district heating network is a great example of an innovative scheme which is supporting our long-term net-zero carbon ambitions, whilst enabling residents and businesses to enjoy reliable and affordable heating now,” Helen Hayden, of the Leeds City Council and executive member for infrastructure and climate, said. “As the wholesale price of gas rises, and as more and more building managers and developers seek to reduce their carbon footprint, our district heating offer has become even more competitive.”

Nearly 11,000 Leeds households receive heat generated by the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, according to Vital Energi. It also reduced the city’s carbon footprint by an estimated 2,000 metric tons in 2021.

Vital Energi also helped build the Tower of Light as a focal point of the Manchester Civic Quarter Heat Network.