EcoPark on the Lea Navigation

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has unveiled further details of the £450-500m energy facility set to replace its existing energy-from-waste plant.

The North London Heat and Power Project – an Energy Recovery Facility and associated development – at the Edmonton EcoPark in the London Borough of Enfield begin its second phase of public consultation on the Project between 18 May and 30 June 2015.
The Energy Recovery Facility would replace the existing Energy from Waste plant at the EcoPark. The existing plant has served north London well for around 45 years, has diverted 21 million tonnes of waste from landfill, but is coming to the end of its operational life.

NLWA and the seven boroughs in the area have agreed a joint target for north London to aim for 50 per cent of its waste to be recycled by 2020. Using fuel – waste collected by the seven boroughs which cannot be recycled – the replacement facility would generate power for around 127,000 homes and could provide heat for local homes and businesses.

Heat would be distributed locally through schemes like Enfield Council’s planned Lee Valley Heat Network.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA, said: “We want to prevent waste, we want you to recycle it and anything you can’t, we’re going to turn into fuel and use it to heat and power homes. “We’re already doing it and this way we can continue to do it, which is good news for jobs, investment and sorting out north London’s waste problem.

“It will be one of the best performing in Europe when it comes to air quality. Most important of all, in my opinion, we’re going to be able to heat people’s homes for many years to come.”

There will also be many construction jobs involved in building the new plant expected to start with preparation works in 2019 and last for three years as well as jobs involved in the demolition of the existing Energy from Waste plant in 2026/27.