Leeds PIPES District Heat Network welcomes minister to facility

Lord Callanan, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance) was welcomed to the award-winning Leeds PIPES District Heat Network in August.

By using heat recovered from non-recyclable waste at the Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) and distributing it throughout the city via a 26.5km district heating network, the Leeds PIPES project is helping 2,000 homes and businesses and 12 non-residential buildings, including Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Playhouse and Leeds City Museum.

The network has enabled these buildings to move away from costly heating systems, providing them with affordable, reliable, low-carbon heat and hot water. Last year, the network of insulated underground pipes supplied 22,029 megawatt-hours of heating in total and helped reduce the city’s carbon footprint by 3,975 tonnes.

Mike Cooke, Vital Energi’s Managing Director, said: “It was a great opportunity for us to show Lord Callanan around the network, but the buildings and energy centres are only part of the story. By meeting some of the residents and non-domestic connections, the positive impact of this project becomes evident.”

Work is currently underway at St James’s University Hospital, the latest major connection to the network. And plans are underway for two major extensions, including the first private-sector residential developments, after the council successfully secured £154,000 of grant funding from the government’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit.

For more, visit leeds-pipes.co.uk

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