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Metropolitan, the leading independent district energy and multi-utility infrastructure provider, today welcomed the UK Government's support for district energy and confirmed the company's plans to grow its substantial involvement in the UK heat market. As the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launches the main scheme of the Heat Networks Investment Program (HNIP), making £320M available to fund sector investment in district energy, Metropolitan is reaffirming its confidence in the UK heat network market and is delighted with this recognition of the important and growing contribution that district energy can make to achieving low-carbon, sustainable development.
Metropolitan's district cooling network at King's Cross, London's most vibrant neighbourhood, went live today. Serving the area north of the Regent's Canal, the network will provide carbon-efficient cooling ultimately to four commercial and three residential buildings, and has been designed to enable later expansion to further buildings and customers.
We are delighted to announce that BUUK Infrastructure (Metropolitan's parent company) has been recognised by its employees as a Great Place to Work® and was ranked as one of the highest new entrants in the Large Best Workplaces™ Category.
Local Sourcing - How the move to district energy taps into the growing need for energy efficient heating solutions
Andrew White of Metropolitan Infrastructure explains how the move to district energy taps into the
growing need for energy efficient heating solutions.
Housebuilders and developers are under pressure to offer more forward-looking, energy-efficient heating solutions, rather than just the traditional provision of gas-fired individual boilers. Meanwhile, planning requirements demand that new developments be low carbon, fossil fuels are depleting, and renewables are playing an increasing role in energy supply as a means of reducing carbon emissions.
In March this year the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) predicted that decentralised energy systems, or district energy, could radically change the way that homes and businesses are heated, and forecast that by 2030 heat networks could be servicing at least 10% of the UK's total heat demand. Government estimates put the possible share of heat supply contributed by district energy even higher at 14%. But why should local authorities and other public sector organisations adopt this technology and exactly what funding and other support is available to help them do so?
District energy is a proven technology, with more than 2000 networks already in place in the UK. The recent injection of substantial Government loan funding for the public sector to encourage the development of district energy is expected to deliver £2 billion of new heat network infrastructure. Many local authorities and other public-sector organisations are consequently considering implementing this energy solution by taking advantage of the funding and support available through the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP), Heat Network Development Unit (HNDU) in England and Wales, and the District Heating Loan Fund (DHLF) and Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) in Scotland.
Growing momentum behind district energy in London - new network planned for major Uxbridge development
The zero-carbon development requirements in the London Plan, which promotes Lean, Clean and Green development, have encouraged the implementation of district energy networks, which deliver significant energy efficiencies over traditional heating solutions. In the latest example of the growing adoption of this technology, Metropolitan, alongside its partner Vital Energi, announced today that it has been awarded the contract to design, build and operate the district energy network for St. Andrew's Park, the new community being built near Uxbridge in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
Public sector organisations in England and Wales are about to benefit from £320M of support from the Government to decarbonise building heating systems.
By thinking 'outside the box', and working closely with owner Land Securities' Development Manager, Camland Developments, Metropolitan has provided an affordable solution to the problematic wastewater requirements of the Castle Hill development, the first phase of the new town being built in Ebbsfleet, Kent. The proposal to design and build an onsite wastewater treatment plant resolved cost and technical issues which might otherwise have stalled the entire development.
Metropolitan and E.ON have been selected to provide the district heating system powering the next phase of the Greenwich Millennium Village (GMVL) development. The Metropolitan energy and utility infrastructure will be supplied by a new energy centre owned and operated by E.ON which will serve 1,743 new houses to be built over the next eight years.
The landmark development at King's Cross is one of the largest and most prestigious developments presently being undertaken in the UK. Consisting of 5 million square feet of commercial property and 2,000 new homes, it is home to London's University of Arts and Google's new UK headquarters. The area covers 67 acres, with 20 new streets and 10 new public squares. This is, however, not necessarily what makes it so remarkable.
John Marsh, Operations Director at Metropolitan, is to provide vital evidence-based analysis of low carbon projects at Low Carbon England 2015.
John Marsh, Operations Director, Low Carbon England 2015: Meeting the Emissions Reduction Targets. Speaking regarding some of the innovative solutions Metropolitan has delivered as a leading provider of sustainable energy and utility infrastructure, John will address the issues faced by England and meeting EU emissions reduction targets.
This is through the launch of Heat Trust, a new industry-led customer protection scheme that set standards in key areas including performance, reliability and customer service. The Energy Ombudsman will provide the independent complaints handling service to ensure fair treatment of customers.
Metropolitan, a national integrated energy and utility infrastructure provider, has welcomed a new member to its management team, Andrew White. Andrew is the Business Development Director, responsible for the continued growth of Metropolitan district energy utility solutions.