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Low carbon district heating system plan revealed

Plans to build a low carbon district heating system that could be the biggest in London have been revealed by Southwark Council and waste firm Veolia.

Under the scheme heat produced from burning waste — which is normally lost into the environment — at the South East London Combined Heat and Power Plant in Deptford, south London, will be captured and recycled.

This could save up to 10,000t of C02 each year as well as slash energy bills across almost 3,000 local homes, said the organisations.

The scheme could be operational by 2013 and it is envisaged that the council will not make an up-front investment into the project but would sign a long-term contract to buy heat at a guaranteed lower than the market price.  

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