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Carbon-savings calculator unveiled

Carbon calculator

A new carbon-savings calculator has been unveiled at Birmingham New Street station, showing emission reductions as a result of the Birmingham District Energy Scheme.

The station – along with a flagship John Lewis store – is supplied with low-carbon heating generated by a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which generates power on site using excess heat to provide warmth.

Launched in 2007, the Birmingham District Energy Scheme aims to help the city achieve its goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 60% by 2027.

The low-carbon energy infrastructure means the city is less reliant on the National Grid for its power and so reduces energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Reducing the station’s carbon footprint by building our own combined heating and power plant is an important part of creating a sustainable station fit for the future,” said Network Rail principal programme manager Patrick Cawley.

“The excess heat created by the station’s plant can now be used by the city’s shared district heating network to heat surrounding offices and businesses.”

Buildings connected to the district heating network include the Birmingham Town Hall, International Convention Centre, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Aston University campus.

The completion of the new CHP plant is expected to generate additional emission savings of more than 3,000t of CO2 per year.

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