The NLHPP will be one of the safest and cleanest energy from waste facilities in the UK

Myth: "The facility is a risk to public health"

The fact: The NLHPP will be one the safest and cleanest energy from waste facilities in the UK.

Our published analysis for the NLHPP shows clearly that no concentrations of pollutants will breach any air quality requirements.

All energy from waste plants are regulated by the Environmental Agency which enforces statutory requirements.

Our world-class facility will use proven, reliable and efficient technology to treat emissions including the highest class of emissions control technology available. Our Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) will be the first in the country to use Selective Catalytic Reduction to control emissions of nitrogen dioxide.

This is the same proven technology used in the Amager Bakke facility in Copenhagen, which is often pointed to as a global benchmark for emissions cleaning.

The current facility operates at 20% better than permitted levels of emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx). The new facility will perform at 60% better. Combined with this, we will use the best flue gas treatment available.

The new ERF will be responsible for just 0.8% of NOx emissions in London. At peak level, this only makes up 2.94% of local air quality concentrations compared to road transport being responsible for 30.05% of NOx concentrations. The graphic below shows a comparison of sources of NOx in the local area.

For the large majority of the year, the ERF’s contribution to emissions will be effectively zero at ground level. This is shown in our graphic below of particulate matter (PM) from the ERF. Even at peak levels, PM from the ERF will make up just 0.52% of local air quality concentrations, whilst long range sources are responsible for 76.13% of PM. Emissions from our ERF will be 400 times lower than the level set by the UK air quality objective, and the new facility will operate at almost 1000 times lower than safe limits for particulate concentration recommended by the World Health Organisation.