NLWA’s Replacement Ecopark Energy Recovery Facility Moves Forward

NLWAMembers of North London Waste Authority have approved the submission of the application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for a replacement energy recovery facility (ERF) at the Edmonton EcoPark to the Planning Inspectorate.

The replacement facility would need to manage up to 700,000 tonnes of waste a year at a peak, and could provide enough power for around 127,000 homes.

The Authority is also looking at diverting some of the energy to local homes and businesses via heat networks. The Lee Valley Heat Network, which is a separate project that will be managed by Enfield Council, is aiming to use the available heat from the existing facility as soon as next year.

Members of the Authority reviewed the responses received during two phases of consultation on the Authority’s DCO application between November 2014 and June 2015, and have taken these comments on board as part of the application submission.

Where possible comments and suggestions received during the consultation have been accommodated, and the project proposal adjusted accordingly

Where possible comments and suggestions received during the consultation have been accommodated, and the project proposal adjusted accordingly, NLWA said.

Some suggestions submitted by consultees could not be accommodated for a variety of reasons, including restrictions relating to the site and the site location.

Comments were received on a variety of topics, from the need for the facility itself, to its design and appearance, and the technology proposed for the facility.

The ERF 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 21mtonnes 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 at least 50 percent 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.


 

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