A network of underground pipes is now being installed as part of a groundbreaking scheme to provide sustainable, low-carbon energy to homes and businesses in Sutton.

The Sutton Decentralised Energy Network (SDEN) will capture heat from the newly built Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) and existing landfill gas engines in Beddington, which will then be transported in highly insulated pipes to provide low-carbon heat and hot water to properties.

The first phase is set to go live later this year and will initially supply energy to around 725 homes, a care home and a supermarket at the new New Mill Quarter in Hackbridge –  a flagship David Wilson Homes and Barratt London development.


Paul Kitchingman, Operations Director for David Wilson Homes said: “There has never been a more crucial time to find sustainable energy sources and we are pleased to work with Sutton Council and SDEN to use this important, innovative scheme.

“We’re proud of our efforts to create a sustainable new community at New Mill Quarter, and hope that the work contributes to the reduction of carbon emissions and supports the borough councils ‘One Planet’ initiative.”

Viridor’s Managing Director of Major Contracts, Chris Jonas, said the company was pleased to work with SDEN and the council to create renewable energy for residents.

“Viridor’s view is that all waste should be given a purpose and valued as a resource, rather than rubbish. For Sutton residents to see this concept put into practice with waste collected from local homes being used to create heating for those homes is a goal well worth pursuing.”

For more information on SDEN visit www.sden.org.uk/