Energy Secretary visits PDHU for World Environment Day

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP, marked World Environment Day with a visit to the Pimlico District Heating Undertaking (PDHU) in Westminster.

PDHU is the oldest district heating facility in the UK. It was built in 1950 to help combat smog in the capital, and currently generates enough energy to power over 3,200 homes, 50 commercial premises and three schools via 5km of heating pipework, contributing to the Mayor’s target to produce 25% of the capital’s power from local sources by 2025.

Situated on the Churchill Gardens Estate, PDHU is managed by CityWest Homes, which manages Westminster City Council’s housing stock.

PDHU saves 11,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually by displacing coal fired electricity generation – the equivalent of taking almost 4,000 cars off the road each year.

District heating schemes distribute heat and power from a central source via a network of pipes, making use of heat which is lost through conventional electricity generation.

Pictured l-r: David Wickersham, CityWest Homes Technical Advisor; Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Nick Barton, CEO of CityWest Homes


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