New hotel warms to scheme for cleaner and greener city

HOTEL guests will be using hot water and radiators powered by burning rubbish after Sheffield’s new Holiday Inn Express signed up to the city’s district energy network.

Amber Hotels Ltd, which built and will operate the hotel, will now join other buildings like Sheffield City Hall and Sheffield Theatres which also use the “green” heating option.

According to Veolia, the waste contractor which runs Sheffield’s Bernard Road incinerator and energy recovery facility, using district energy means the hotel will save nine tonnes of carbon a year.

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The general manager of district energy at Veolia Environmental Services, Martin Simpson, said: “Not many people know about the district energy network but we actually supply heating and hot water to over 140 buildings in Sheffield. Once a building like the Holiday Inn Express connects to the network, it no longer uses fossil fuels to provide heating and hot water so precious raw materials are conserved.”

Hermann Beck, the director of Amber Hotels, which runs the Holiday Inn in Sheffield city centre, added: “The economic and social benefits of connecting to such an excellent low carbon energy source are clear for all to see.

“Living, working and bringing up a young family in Sheffield, I wanted to ensure that my Sheffield business played its part in improving the local air quality and environment.

“We are proud to be the latest building connected to the district energy network and by local organisations working together to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels, we can all help to make Sheffield a cleaner, greener city.”