The local authority is calling on developers in Sutton, Merton and Croydon to join the Sutton Decentralised Energy Network (SDEN), which has the potential to provide sustainable heating and hot water to 19,000 homes at no greater cost than a conventional boiler.
Sutton is already in negotiations to sign up its first partner to join the network. Barratt Homes are developer for the Felnex site in Beddington, Sutton, which will contain 725 homes and a supermarket, both of which will be connected to the SDEN. That will save 900 tonnes of CO2 emissions with future phases expected to increase this to over 5,000 tonnes.
The council is setting up the SDEN to help reduce the borough’s carbon footprint as the UK’s first One Planet Borough – a status which means the council has made series of environmental commitments. It will also invest profits back into public services to benefit Sutton residents, for example they could be used in measures to reduce fuel poverty.
The plans are backed by the Government and the Greater London Authority. The Department of Energy and Climate Change has also cited SDEN as a leading example of best practice.
Cllr Jayne McCoy, Chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee at Sutton Council, said:
“Sutton has long been committed to environmental sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint. We are now pushing the boundaries further by setting up the Sutton Decentralised Energy Network.
“The SDEN will offer developers in South London a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels for the provision of heat and hot water. There are lots of potential benefits including lower construction costs, lower green taxes, better resilience, no ongoing plant maintenance and increased lettable floor space.
“For Sutton, the SDEN will help to reduce our carbon footprint and any profits we make will be invested back into public services for our residents and businesses.
“At a time when our council budgets are being severely cut by the Government, it is projects like the SDEN can help local authorities to bring in much needed revenue while also creating a low-carbon borough.”
James Dunne, Operations Director at Barratt Homes, said: “The SDEN offers developers the chance to connect to a low-carbon energy supply when building new homes. “Barratt already has a proven record in district heating. It is straightforward to build the infrastructure, significantly reduces emissions and it counters the rising price of fossil fuels over the long term. “We are looking forward to working with the SDEN to supply our 725 home development in Sutton with low-carbon energy.”
Developers interested in finding out more about the network should call Sutton Council on 020 8770 5918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org