Will it be able to generate heat and electricity?

The replacement Energy Recovery Facility will have the ability to export power to the national grid and to provide heat to a decentralised energy network. In particular, our facility will unlock one of the UK’s largest District Heat Networks. This is a network supplying up to 50,000 local homes with low-carbon heating and hot water generated by heat from the energy recovery process. The heat network will include homes at Meridian Water.

The generation of both heat and electrical power (as opposed to solely electricity) is more energy efficient and makes greater use of the available energy in the waste.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) recently reaffirmed its support for our project on the basis that it will provides combined heat and power, in line with the Mayor of London’s standards. The Mayor sets a target known as a Carbon Intensity Floor which ensures that energy generated from waste activities is no more polluting in carbon terms than the energy source it replaces. Our plant will operate up to 25% better than the Mayor of London’s target.

There is potential to reduce the carbon intensity even further if we provide more heat energy to the District Heat Network than electricity. This is because heat energy is less carbon intensive to produce from energy from waste facilities than electricity.

Additionally, thousands of homes in Haringey will no longer need gas boilers fitted, following a £27.8 million award from the UK government. The award supports the construction of two heat networks, which will pipe heat and hot water from the new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at nearby Edmonton EcoPark. The £27.8 million award to Haringey from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy includes funding for the Wood Green District Heating Network (£10.6 million) and the Tottenham Hale and Broadwater Farm District Heating Network (£17.2 million) – which will collectively supply heat to more than 10,000 homes and about 265,000m2 of commercial space when fully built out.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, NLWA Chair, said: “This significant funding from the Government confirms the environmental, social, and economic benefits and sound rationale for building an advanced and clean Energy Recovery Facility at Edmonton EcoPark. I’m glad that the government recognises that our project will use waste as a valuable resource to create long-term, low-carbon energy security for local communities, instead of letting it rot in landfill.”

Haringey’s new heat networks supplied by the EcoPark will not only bring energy security for both local homes and businesses but also help towards the UK’s long-term energy independence and Net Zero future. Decarbonising heat supply is outlined as a key step for achieving Net Zero in the UK by the Committee on Climate Change who encourage the use of district heat networks such as Haringey’s, which is being designed to carry on through to Hackney, extending the benefits of the ERF’s energy generation even further. The supply of heat and hot water through Haringey’s network from the ERF, is in addition to thousands of homes in Enfield. Edmonton EcoPark and its facilities will also be owned by the public in perpetuity.