Low carbon ‘central heating’ plan for Bradford city centre

Bradford Council is setting out plans for an energy network which will provide low carbon and low cost heat and electricity to civic, public sector and commercial buildings in Bradford city centre.

The District Heat Network (DHN) is a form of central heating for cities and involves heat and power being moved between buildings via underground pipes and wires. The potential benefits of the DHN are:

  • Lower price energy
  • Extra income for the Council
  • Lower carbon emissions
  • Reduce heating costs for Council buildings.

The Government is encouraging the development of District Heat Networks in the UK as a way to reduce greenhouse gas and a move towards low carbon energy and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is providing funding and resources to support their development.

Bradford Council’s Executive, when it meets on Tuesday, 4 February, will be asked to approve an outline business case. This has been developed under the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Energy Acelerator Programme by a consortium which includes Turner and Townsend, Brodies Solicitors and Carbon Trust who have provided specialist legal and technical advice.

Further funding has been supplied by BEIS who have supported the scheme throughout its development. This grant is also enabling the use of dedicated project management support from Arcadis.

A pre-planning enquiry has received positive feedback from the Council’s Planning Department and officers are also working closely with the Air Quality team to ensure that the DHN will not create an unacceptable impact on air quality.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “Bradford Council is committed to reducing carbon emissions and seeking to use sources of renewable energy in its buildings where possible. This all fits into the work we are doing across the organisation to tackle climate change.”

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