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London’s district heating schemes mapped out in new guide

Green_USB_iStock_201207A new set of guidelines has been published by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to support the delivery of decentralised energy schemes in the capital.

The ‘District Heating Manual for London‘ provides practical guidance for developers, network designers and planners with the aim of creating a consistent framework for delivering efficient, interconnecting, district heating networks. It is also designed to help guide local planning authorities.

The document, developed in collaboration with Arup, supports a range of initiatives provided by City Hall to promote the Mayor’s target to achieve 25 per cent of London’s energy supply from decentralised energy sources by 2025.

London is experiencing a significant uplift in decentralised energy schemes with City Hall currently supporting the delivery of schemes valued at more than £300m where the principles of the manual are being applied.

The manual, reportedly the first of its kind in the UK, is designed to be a ‘live’ document that will be updated and feedback is encouraged in time for the next revision to be published this summer. It can be downloaded here.

Matthew Pencharz, the Mayor’s environment advisor, said:

“We want district heat networks operating as part of a decentralised energy system become more common-place in London and there is already a significant uplift, supporting new jobs and economic growth. The Mayor is demanding ambitious targets in the capital to create a more resilient, localised and efficient energy supply. This will ensure we meet the twin challenges of cutting carbon and being fully prepared for the demands coming from London’s predicted population boom. A cost effective and sustainable energy supply also underpins London’s attractiveness for investors and businesses.”

Arup Buildings of future credit copyright Rob House fmj feb 13

Copyright Rob House


Arup also yesterday, published a fascinating report entitled ‘It’s Alive’ , which is illustrated with a series of artist’s impressions, to demonstrate how the futuristic components – such as photovoltaic surfaces and algae producing bio-fuel pods – and key emerging trends, such as district heating schemes can create self-sustaining buildings in the future.


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