What this document is
This document summarises the approach to the sustainability performance of the North London Heat and Power Project and outlines measures incorporated into the design to enhance sustainability. It also sets out the proposed approach to using the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) to assess the Project.
A Sustainability Statement will be submitted as part of the Development Consent Order (DCO) application which will show how the Project meets relevant sustainability policies and objectives in national, regional and local planning policy. These policies have been reviewed for their application to the Project, and the relevant policy themes are set out in the table below. They are being taken into account in the design of the Project, and will be further considered at the detailed design stage if DCO consent is granted.
The policies contained in the Headline Objectives column are taken from the National Policy Statement for Energy (EN-1), the London Plan and London Borough of Enfield’s Development Management Document and Core Strategy. The specific policies are reviewed and the design proposals are considered against them.
|Theme||Headline Objectives from Policies||Proposed design|
||Technology for the proposed Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) will be selected to produce the lowest possible emissions.|
||The proposed ERF will be more efficient than the existing Energy from Waste (EfW) facility and will export more energy, meaning less greenhouse gases will be generated overall to meet energy demands.
Electricity from the proposed ERF will be exported to the National Grid and will be designed to connect to the proposed Lee Valley Heat Network.
A green roof is proposed for part of the ERF.
|Ecology (Flora and Fauna)||
||The Edmonton EcoPark has limited ecological value. The landscaping strategy seeks to create new opportunities for ecological enhancement, particularly along Enfield Ditch.
The lighting strategy seeks to meet operational requirements whilst avoiding adverse impacts caused by light spill and glare outside the site.
|Economy and Skills||
||The Project will create construction jobs and retain high value employment when completed.|
||Employment created and secured will support a sustainable community.|
|Flood Risk and coastal Change||
||Rainwater flow management has been incorporated into the design. Works to Enfield Ditch are proposed to create additional capacity helping to reduce flood risk.|
|Health and Well Being||
||The Project will secure employment for local people, enhancing mental health and wellbeing.|
|Landscape Townscape and Visual||
||The ERF will be of a high quality and has been designed to integrate with the surrounding landscape, including the adjacent Lee Valley Regional Park.|
||The lighting strategy seeks to meet operational requirements whilst avoiding adverse impacts caused by light spill and glare outside the site.|
||The proposed ERF is being designed to comply with noise limits set out in national standards.|
|Resources and Raw Materials||
||Rainwater harvesting is proposed to save water. Buildings are intended to be BREEAM “very good” standard*|
|Soil and Geology||
||New facilities will be constructed within the existing Edmonton EcoPark and will not take any additional land. Further tests may be required to establish any land contamination and how to deal with it. This will be managed as part of the existing EfW demolition and decommission process|
|Traffic and Transport||
||The Project will safeguard an existing waste management site. The Edmonton EcoPark is accessible by public transport.|
|Water Quality and Resources||
||The ERF bunker has been carefully positioned to protect groundwater by placing it in the area with the greatest thickness of London Clay, which acts as a barrier protecting the groundwater. Measures have been set out in the draft Code of Construction Practice to ensure that groundwater would not be affected during construction.|
|Sustainable design and construction||
||The main buildings proposed as part of the Project are intended to meet BREEAM “very good” rating*.|
*BREEAM relates to the main buildings proposed in the Project, namely the proposed ERF, the Resource Recovery Facility and EcoPark House. We intend to carry out an assessment as the design develops, with a view to achieving not less than a very good rating for each.
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