Bradford’s £14.5m low carbon heat network enters next development stage

Leeds LEP ‘reluctantly’ agrees to geography change
Roger Marsh

Bradford city centre is one step closer to a low carbon heat network after £14.5 million plans were supported by members of the council this week.

The district heat network, which will supply low carbon heat and electricity to a range of city centre buildings, will now progress to the next development stage.

Supported by the Leeds LEP, the Energy Accelerator is the first programme of its kind in the UK and is designed to help low carbon and energy efficient projects become a reality where they may otherwise not have been completed due to a lack of capacity, expertise and funding.

The scheme has received £186,386 in support from the Energy Accelerator which funded through the LEP’s Growth Deal and ELENA – a joint initiative by the European Investment Bank and the European Commission.

The Bradford city centre scheme will see a low carbon energy centre built in or near to the city centre providing heat and electricity from biomass and gas to public buildings including St George’s Hall and Bradford Combined Courts Centre.

It will potentially save 12,640 tonnes of carbon from being released into the atmosphere helping to improve air quality as well as supporting Leeds City Region and Bradford Council’s ambitions to reach net zero carbon by 2038.

“Tackling the climate emergency is one of the biggest challenges we face and the Energy Accelerator is a great example of how we can target investment in those projects which will have positive and lasting benefits for our communities, our economy and our environment,” said Roger Marsh, Chair of the LEP.

The Energy Accelerator is delivered in partnership with The Carbon Trust, Sweco, Turner & Townsend and is co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union.