A new charter to promote the co-operation and sharing of ideas between Sheffield’s businesses and organisations interested in locally generated energy has been launched this week.

The Sheffield Environmental Co-operation Charter was announced by Councillor Jack Scott at the prestigious ‘Futurebuild’ Conference in Sheffield’s City Hall.

This major national conference will feature presentations from top politicians, sustainable energy industry specialists and business entrepreneurs from across Europe.

Delegates from across the UK attended the event and were told about this latest initiative to build on the considerable expertise within the city and also to learn from others’ experience.

The City Council has developed the Charter that brings together the city’s key sustainable energy providers.

Councillor Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said: “Sheffield has a proud history of developing its district heating networks and this Charter sets the stage for new and exciting opportunities for the city, its businesses and its residents.

“This Charter will help to support economic growth, through the provision of locally-generated supplies of energy that can provide greater resilience and local benefits, such as helping to reduce the impact of fuel poverty.

”Our aim is to encourage local businesses and organisations to work together and share their expertise and experience for the benefit of the city as a whole.”

Sheffield Environmental Services UK Limited (part of the Veolia Group), who operate Sheffield’s Energy Recovery Facility at Bernard Road as part of the city’s waste contract and E.ON, who have recently completed the development of a new biomass energy plant at Blackburn Meadows are the first signatories to the Charter, which is open to any organisation that wishes to join.

The principal objectives of the Charter are to reduce city-wide energy consumption and carbon emissions in the provision of heating, hot water and cooling.

In addition, the Charter is hoped to bring additional benefits for the people and communities of Sheffield through education, training and job creation.

All organisations will meet on a quarterly basis to establish a clear strategy, to share information and to monitor progress.

Don Leiper, New Business Director at E.ON added: “Our low carbon heating and hot water network is now well under construction from Blackburn Meadows, heading out across the Lower Don Valley. This major investment was always designed with the potential to complement the city’s existing scheme and help grow Sheffield’s position as a UK leader in community energy schemes.

“The focus is on the benefits that local people and local businesses can gain from secure, low carbon, cost effective energy. Today’s Charter announcement is a clear demonstration of that intent, with two global companies working together with the great support of the City Council, for the good of Sheffield. We hope more will join us and this can become a blueprint for improving people’s lives through community energy schemes.”

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Notes for editors:
The ‘Futurebuild’ conference ( http://www.futurebuild.eu/ ) will be held from 5 to 6 November in Sheffield City Hall.
The conference is billed as new UK conference which focusses on the sustainability of housing, renewable energy and community energy schemes, with keynote addresses from top politicians, sustainable energy industry specialists and business entrepreneurs, from across Europe.

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