In Sutton, we recognise the critical role that renewable and low-carbon energy sources play in mitigating climate change and building a sustainable future. As part of our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, we’re proud to introduce the Sutton Decentralised Energy Network (SDEN) – a pioneering initiative that brings us one step closer to achieving ‘Zero Carbon’ emissions.
A New Energy Solution
SDEN offers an innovative solution to energy consumption, utilising waste heat from the Beddington Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) and existing landfill gas engines, both owned by Viridor. Instead of this heat being wasted, it is captured and repurposed into a sustainable energy source.
This waste heat, converted into hot water, is transported through highly insulated pipes, drastically reducing the energy typically lost during heat transport. This significantly improves the efficiency of energy usage in Sutton, while also reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
The Beddington Connection
The Beddington ERF is a key component of the SDEN project. It processes non-recyclable waste, converting it into electricity and heat. By capturing this waste heat, SDEN is helping to ensure that we maximise the use of our resources and minimise waste. This underscores Sutton’s commitment to a circular economy, where resources are kept in use for as long as possible.
First Stop: Felnex Development
The first beneficiary of this sustainable energy initiative will be the Felnex development in Hackbridge, owned by Schroders. As one of the first locations to be served by SDEN, Felnex is playing a crucial role in demonstrating how the shift towards sustainable, decentralised energy networks can be successfully implemented.
A Stepping Stone Towards Zero Carbon
SDEN represents more than just a new energy network – it’s a statement of intent in Sutton’s journey towards achieving zero carbon emissions. By harnessing renewable and low carbon fuel sources, SDEN embodies the spirit of innovation and sustainability that Sutton is committed to.
The Sutton Decentralised Energy Network is an inspiring example of what can be achieved when we rethink our approach to energy. As we embrace this new, more sustainable method of energy generation and distribution, we move closer to our goal of a zero-carbon future, proving that sustainable living and urban development can go hand in hand.