Leeds City Council has approved plans to invest £7.2m in extending the city’s district heating network.
Five new extensions will see the Leeds PIPES heating network expand into new areas of the city.
The council has already identified at least nine sites that will be able to connect because of the approved extensions – potentially using another 11,600 MWh of sustainable heat every year.
By using heat and energy recovered from non-recyclable waste at the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) to provide hot water to buildings in the city, the network offers a reliable and lower-carbon alternative to fossil fuels.
The scheme currently supplies heat recovered from the waste of approximately 10,700 Leeds households saving more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon from being emitted in 2021.