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06.09.11

Partnership to tackle fuel poverty launched

A local council, NHS hospital and a FTSE 250 company have formed a new partnership to provide more affordable energy to tackle fuel poverty.

The outsourcing and energy services company MITIE’s new energy plant at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead will pipe surplus heat to a new energy centre and up to 1,500 council homes in Camden.

Camden council expects to save at least 2,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. Its target is to reduce emissions by 40% by the year 2020.

Mike Tivey, Managing Director of MITIE’s Asset Management business, said: “I am extremely proud of MITIE’s role in bringing everyone together and making this all possible.

“This scheme is revenue generating for the hospital and provides cheaper energy for Camden’s local residents, enabling MITIE to make a contribution to the local community. In short, it’s a perfect example of how the public and private sector can work together at a time of increasing budgetary constraint.”

Cllr Sean Birch, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Transport said: “This is an innovative, win-win scheme which not only saves costs for those who need it most, but allows us to be more sustainable at the same time.

“I’m delighted to see the public and private sectors work together in such an effective way to help reduce our carbon emissions and benefit our community.”

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