Pressing Ahead of Schedule At Leeds

We would like to congratulate the infrastructure delivery team on the Leeds PIPES project who, despite the disruption caused by the Covid pandemic, have progressed ahead of schedule.

The news that connection of the Civic buildings will progress ahead of schedule was timed perfectly as senior councillors met recently to discuss the proposed third phase of the city’s district heating network which will provide sustainable heat and hot water using heat generated at the city’s Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF).

The delivery team who are installing the second phase of the 19km network took advantage of the reduction in city centre traffic to progress faster than anticipated, which was recognised by Councillor Lisa Hilherin who commented, “I would like to thank everyone for working so hard and safely over the lockdown period to accelerate Leeds’ journey to becoming a carbon-neutral city.

"Our district heating network is a great example of why heating homes and buildings sustainably is a key focus of our work to tackle the climate emergency.”

Leeds City Council have developed a visionary scheme which will have a huge, positive impact on both reducing carbon emissions, air quality and alleviating the levels of fuel poverty in the area. The Leeds PIPES network is now expanding to connect some of Leeds’ iconic civic buildings, making it more efficient and delivering further energy cost reductions. We are delighted to continue to support Leeds City Council with this essential energy project which will become a significant part of the UK’s energy infrastructure.

Rob Falcon, Project Director at Vital Energi
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