Vattenfall and Viridor link up to harness low carbon heat for UK cities

Vattenfall has announced it will join forces with Viridor to reduce emissions from heating in homes and commercial buildings.

On 10 November, Vattenfall confirmed that it would work with Viridor to capture heat from the latter’s energy recovery facilities, before delivering this heat through pipes developed and operated by Vattenfall to homes and businesses, providing clean, affordable heat. The pair will seek to explore opportunities to develop new local energy systems anchored around Viridor’s fleet of energy recovery facilities, with waste collected from the community recycled into clean heat for the same community, resulting in a closed-loop energy system.

The partners see heat captured from energy recovery facilities as a huge opportunity for local authorities when it comes to addressing fuel poverty, improving energy security, cutting reliance on fossil fuels, reducing emissions and improving air quality. They also noted how large-scale heat network projects have significant local economic benefits as well, creating jobs through concept and construction, all the way to operation and servicing.