The Birmingham District Energy Scheme is playing a pivotal role in Birmingham City Council’s climate change strategy, which aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 60% by 2027.
Birmingham District Energy Scheme is a working partnership between ENGIE and Birmingham City Council. It incorporates three district energy networks, all built and operated by ENGIE through the Birmingham District Energy Company (BDEC). The first 25-year energy supply agreement was signed in 2006.
BDEC’s three core schemes initially involved supplying energy to ten users from both the public and private sectors. However, due to the significant financial and carbon savings achieved, it has rapidly expanded to include several third-party private developments.
The overall network comprises three schemes:
- Broad Street – a tri-generation (heat, power and cooling) system
- Aston University – a CHP (combined heat and power) system
- Birmingham Children’s Hospital – a CHP system
Customers include Grand Central Station, John Lewis store, International Convention Centre, The Barclaycard Arena and Library of Birmingham, as well as residential and educational buildings on the Aston campus and council housing. The scheme makes extensive use of highly efficient large-scale combined heat and power technologies, with conventional boilers to provide ‘top up’ and standby supplies for increased resilience.
- 56 GWh of heat p.a.
- 51 GWh of electricity p.a.
- 8 GWh of chilled water p.a.
- Saves more than 15,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions p.a.