Tree Planting Marks Barking District Heating Milestone

The Barking Town Centre District Energy Network is a key part of the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham’s plans to become London’s Green Capital and to celebrate the completion of the district heating mains Vital Energi held a tree planting ceremony.

The event saw eight trees planted in Barking Park, with two trees representing every kilometre of district heating pipework installed.

As a council we have declared a climate emergency and set the target to become carbon neutral by 2030 and it is projects like the Barking Town Centre District Energy Scheme which are moving us towards meeting these targets. This is an exciting project which has the scope to grow and expand and will make a strong contribution to creating a lower-carbon London which will benefit everyone.

Cllr Dominic Twomey , Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member

We have worked with Vital Energi and the Council to deliver critical network which will help the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to reduce its impact on the environment as its residents heat their homes. This project will allow over 10,000 homes to connect by 2030 and has the scope to expand to include many more customers in the future, making it an important addition to London’s low-carbon energy infrastructure.”

Paul Newton (B&D Energy) explains, , General Manager - B&D Energy
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Vital were joined by Cllr Dominic Twomey - Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, Performance & Core Services – LBBD Council and members from WSP and B&D Energy.

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This is a great opportunity to celebrate the heat network, which will be a big contributor to LBBD meeting their net zero commitments and helping to create a cleaner, greener London. Whilst the environmental benefits cannot be overstated, one of the exciting things about this project is the opportunity we’ve had to work with the community, from hiring local youngster Daniel Shabani as an apprentice, to working with local primary schools to highlight climate change.”

Ashley Walsh, Vital Energi’s Managing Director – Heat Networks