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Green Energy Scheme To Heat Leeds Flats

The use of low carbon waste energy production to provide greener energy is to receive a major boost from one of the largest local authorities in the UK.

Leeds City Council is to spend £100 million on a major energy efficiency investment programme for its council homes, with large buildings of multiple occupancy, such as tower blocks, set to benefit.

While the programme will have many elements including the installation of solid wall insulation, solar panels and ground air source heat pumps, a key element will be the expanded use of district heating.

These will be powered using low carbon waste to provide heat via the PIPES district heating network. Properties that have already been connected to the network include three high rise blocks in the Burmantofts area of the city.

Using methods like anaerobic digestion to help produce cheap low-carbon energy can help cut costs as well as making energy production much cheaper, something that can be done at scale when attached to major utilities like district heating systems.

Commenting on the measures, deputy leader of the executive member for climate change, transport and sustainable development at Leeds City Council, Councillor Helen Hayden said: “This is an ambitious investment that reaffirms this council’s commitment to tackling the climate emergency. We’re doing everything we can to make the properties we own fit for the future.”

Council leader Councillor Debra Coupar commented: “Living in a warm and energy efficient home is better for our health, better for our finances and better for the planet too.”

In the case of Leeds, energy for the district heating comes from domestic refuse, including black bin waste recycled at the Leeds Energy Recovery Facility in Cross Green.

As well as lowering carbon footprints and saving £7 million a year in landfill costs, it produces enough energy to heat 10,000 homes.

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