The borough of Lewisham in southeast London is examining the potential for a new district heat network. The borough has taken the first steps in developing the project with energy potentially being generated from the area’s waste incineration plant.
Lewisham’s mayor and cabinet have agreed to enter into a memorandum of understanding with energy company Veolia to develop a heat network around the incineration facility.
Cabinet member for the community sector Councillor Jonathan Slater said, “The heat network will be from the South East London Combined Heat and Power facility, which is an opportunity to supply heat direct from the borough’s waste, for the benefit of residents and businesses in the borough.”
“Feasibility studies have shown that a heat network could cover 5km and provide heating for up to 7,500 homes.”
“The memorandum is also a high level statement of intent that marks an important milestone in a growing partnership with Veolia on this project. There is still much work to be done to take this forward.”
Cllr Slater said the scheme would promote sustainability and provide social benefits.
“There is potentially real value in the council being involved, particularly in seeking the approach to go beyond what the market might deliver, to achieve social benefits through low-cost energy, environmental benefits through low-carbon heat and promote a more sustainable community-focussed approach to energy supply.”
Council officers will now develop a more detailed business case ahead of seeking funding for a potential heat network.