Parliament could be kept warm using energy from the Thames after the building is restored to help cut the huge environmental waste created by its outdated heating systems. Liz Peace, chairwoman of the sponsor board that will oversee the renovation project, told Times2 that her ambition was to improve parliament’s green credentials through renewable energy and better insulation. The team in charge of restoring the Palace of Westminster is considering a plan to extract the energy from water in the Thames immediately alongside the palace or under its grounds and convert this into low-grade heat for use in the building. Ms Peace suggested that Parliament could follow the example of the Old Oak Common housing development in west London, on which she worked, where homes are heated using thermal energy from nearby canals. She also called for all the construction work on Parliament to be distributed among companies from different regions and for it to be used as an opportunity to boost specialist crafts such as stonemasonry.
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