London Borough of Camden Council
Developing and implementing a district heating scheme
We linked up with the London Borough of Camden to provide more affordable heating and hot water to local residents.
What was the London Borough of Camden looking for?
Camden Council, in north west London, wanted to minimise its exposure to rising energy prices, help tackle fuel poverty by providing its tenants with more affordable energy, and meet its own target of a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.
How are we helping?
MITIE is providing Camden Council with surplus heat from its energy plant at nearby Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, where it has developed and operates an off-grid combined heat and power energy centre. This heat will be piped to Camden through a local network.
What is the outcome?
Hot water and heat will be provided to around 1,200 social housing tenants at reduced cost. This will also reduce the London Borough of Camden’s carbon footprint by 2,800 tonnes a year.
A unique energy partnership
MITIE’s Asset Management division has developed and operates an off-grid, combined heat and power energy centre for the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, a 900-bed hospital within the London Borough of Camden. A unique partnership has been created between the NHS Trust, MITIE and Camden Council to provide and distribute the surplus heat to Camden Council tenants. This is the first public and private sector partnership of its kind aimed at alleviating fuel poverty.
The benefits - to the partners and the community
The surplus energy from the Royal Free energy centre will provide cheaper heating and hot water for up to 1,500 council tenants. Camden Council estimates that its carbon footprint will be reduced by 2,800 tonnes each year - the equivalent of insulating 4,000 typical semi-detached homes.
At the Royal Free Hospital itself, the new energy centre will save £850,000 on fuel bills and reduce the hospital’s carbon footprint by 4,500 tonnes each year. By delivering surplus energy to Camden Council, MITIE has enabled the Trust to share these benefits through a direct link with the community it serves.