London council to use waste energy to heat homes

Southwark Council in London is looking at the possibility of heating nearly 3,000 homes across five estates using waste from a nearby energy plant. The council is working with its […]

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By Kelvin Ross

Southwark Council in London is looking at the possibility of heating nearly 3,000 homes across five estates using waste from a nearby energy plant.

The council is working with its waste and recycling partner Veolia Environmental Services, which will play a key role in managing the project.

The contract would mean both a cheaper and much more energy efficient method of heating some 2,700 homes, and there is potential to bring substantial environmental benefits by reducing carbon emissions by 70% and nitrogen oxides emissions by 90%.

SELCHP is the South East London Combined Heat and Power facility, and is one of only a few such facilities of its kind in London.

Councillor Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling at Southwark Council, said:”This scheme has the possibility of providing renewable energy to thousands of homes, in a much more environmentally friendly way than before.

“Residents will not notice any difference in their heating, except for the knowledge that it will be provided in a cheaper, more local, and more secure manner.”