Green pioneer recognised

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A leading light in the introduction of Sheffield’s district heating system has been given formal recognition - with a room named after him at the city’s incinerator.

The district energy network means less fossil fuel such as gas and oil is needed to heat buildings in Sheffield.

Veteran Labour councillor Alf Meade, who represents West Ecclesfield, helped to make the network a reality, providing heat to 140 buildings around Sheffield city centre produced by burning waste at the Bernard Road site.

The visitors’ room at the incinerator, run by contractor Veolia, has been named after him ‘in appreciation of his pioneering vision to make the network a reality’.

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, said: “Alf’s passion and commitment to district energy for Sheffield quite literally spans a lifetime and it is fitting that the room is named after him because of all his efforts.”

Nigel Wilson, director for Veolia Environmental Services, added: “Veolia is delighted to dedicate the visitors’ room to Coun Alf Meade.”

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