NLWA to contract LondonEnergy Ltd for operation of Energy Recovery Facility

7 Dec 2018

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) members announced an agreement today (7 December) following their Authority meeting that they are looking forward to working with LondonEnergy Ltd (LEL) towards a contract to manage the waste collected by the seven north London Boroughs and to operate the replacement Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at Edmonton EcoPark. The ERF is planned as part of the Authority’s North London Heat and Power Project (the Project) having been granted a Development Consent Order to construct and operate an ERF and associated developments for the effective management of waste onsite.

LEL are currently contracted by NLWA to operate the existing Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at Edmonton EcoPark and manage six of the seven reuse and recycling centres in north London. The existing EfW facility is almost 50 years old and has successfully diverted over 21 million tonnes of waste from landfill over this time. The replacement ERF is expected to come into operation in 2025, when the existing EfW facility comes to the end of its operational life.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA said, “Having already worked with LEL for a number of years, I am happy to announce NLWA will be continuing our relationship. The members have agreed LEL brings a wealth of knowledge from their experience operating in waste management that will ensure efficiency and functionality are at the forefront of the project. Together I am confident we can continue working on a sustainable waste disposal solution for north London residents.”

The new plant will be modern, efficient and clean. LEL will be developing plans to ensure it can operate the facility to its full potential. The replacement ERF is expected to operate at almost 60 percent below the current environmental standards for nitrate oxide emissions, while the current facility operates at 20 percent below. There is also capacity to treat up to 700,000 tonnes of residual waste a year and convert it to 70 MegaWatts of electricity - enough to power 127,000 homes, while also supporting a local heating network.

LEL’s Managing Director, Peter Sharpe says, “This is a great opportunity to bring this fantastic project to success. We plan to work together and deliver a really efficient operation for state-of-the-art energy recovery.”

The Authority have phased the construction to ensure the current EfW facility can continue to operate while the replacement ERF is built. NLWA are committed to constructing this project safely, on time and on budget while also considering the needs of the local community. The first preparatory works to clear the site, improve access and develop a laydown area are expected to commence in early 2019.

More information on the project plans and approximate timeline can be found at


Note to Editors

  1. The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is made up of seven north London boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest).
  2. More than two million residents live in the seven boroughs and NLWA is responsible for helping the seven north London boroughs dispose of the approximately 850,000 tonnes of waste they collect every year.
  3. The North London Heat and Power Project is about how NLWA can continue to dispose of waste from households and businesses in a responsible way. Even when north London reaches its 50% recycling target there will still be waste left over that needs to be dealt with. NLWA wants to divert waste currently sent to landfill and instead use it to generate power to homes and businesses. More information is available on the website
  4. LondonEnergy Ltd is owned by the North London Waste Authority and is contracted to provide waste management to the seven north London boroughs. They provide sustainable energy, recycling and resource management, with a goal to see no waste from their sites sent to landfill. More information is available on their website
  5. The new plant is called an Energy Recovery Facility to reflect its technical efficiency, which is a result of modern technology, and exceeds that of the current Energy from Waste plant.

For more information, please contact Trudi Axtens, North London Heat and Power Project Communications Manager, on 020 8489 3940 or