Sweden’s Vattenfall to launch UK low-carbon heat network


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LONDON — Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall plans to launch a low-carbon heat network in London to help decarbonise half a million homes, commercial and public facilities by 2040, it said on Tuesday.

The heating sector in Britain has been traditionally hard to decarbonise. Heating is responsible for a third of UK greenhouse gas emissions, and over 25 million homes still have boilers which use natural gas.

The company said the planned network will be installed over three phases. It will save 26 million tonnes of carbon emissions over a 20-year period, using zero- or low-emission sources of heat such as ground or water source heat pumps, or waste heat from industrial processes.

Vattenfall will begin construction of the heat network in south east London in 2022, which will serve 10,500 homes by 2024 and 75,000 homes by 2030.

By the 2040s, more than half a million homes should be connected to it.

In Britain, natural gas prices have sky-rocketed due to low gas storage stocks, high European Union carbon prices, low liquefied natural gas tanker deliveries due to higher demand from Asia, and other factors, forcing some small energy suppliers out of business. (Reporting by Marwa Rashad; Editing by Nina Chestney and Jan Harvey)