London Borough of Camden has consistently delivered high quality sustainable energy initiatives for over 10 years.
We are working to improve the energy efficiency of council housing, help residents reduce their carbon footprint and make warmth affordable for all council tenants and leaseholders. We have an ambitious target to reduce our carbon emissions by 40% by 2020.
In 2013, we developed a unique district heating system in the Gospel Oak area, using surplus heat from the CHP at the Royal Free hospital to provide low carbon heat to several Camden housing estates. The system was connected to 1,449 dwellings, saving an estimated 43,828 tonnes of lifetime CO2.
Following the success of that project, Camden Council has now constructed another network in the Somers Town area. Phase 1 of this project used 581m of district heating network to connect 4 housing estates consisting of 339 homes to an energy centre retrofitted into a 1960s car park.
The newly built Francis Crick Institute has joined Camden in sharing the benefits of the scheme and from 2016 has bought electricity from the CHP unit installed in a council block. For more information, please see our short film below.
Camden current heat networks are as follows:
Total number of heat networks currently in operation
Total number of buildings supplied by heat network
Total number of dwellings supplied by heat network
Communal heat networks (1 building only)
District heat networks (more than 1 building)