District Energy Scheme promises carbon reduction

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 29, 2011 05:05 PM |
University of Leicester teams with City Council on major environmental project.

Work officially begins today of the Leicester District Energy Scheme, a collaboration between Leicester City Council, Cofely District Energy Ltd (“Europe’s leader in energy and environmental efficiency services”) and the University of Leicester which will significantly reduce carbon emissions within the city.

The scheme will improve existing district heating schemes on six estates, linking four of them together, and will expand to include Council buildings, University buildings, Leicester Prison and other users. Once the system is fully operational it will provide more than 5MW of low carbon gas-fired combined heat and power to thousands of homes and other buildings, saving 12,000 tonnes of CO2 each year,

Here at the University of Leicester we have a commitment to a 60% carbon reduction between 2005 and 2020 and the District Energy Scheme will play a large part in that, especially as involvement in a city-wide scheme gives economies of scale over developing our own system.

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