Replacement local energy facility details unveiled

18 May 2015
North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has unveiled further details of the North London Heat and Power Project - a £450-500 million Energy Recovery Facility and associated development - at the Edmonton EcoPark in the London Borough of Enfield.

ISSUE DATE: 18 May 2015

Replacement local energy facility details unveiled

  • North London aims for 50 per cent of waste to be recycled by 2020

  • Replacement energy facility at the Edmonton EcoPark, Enfield, will use waste left over after recycling as a fuel to generate electricity and potentially heat for local homes and businesses

  • Project details and designs unveiled; public consultation from 18 May 2015 to 30 June 2015

  • North London Waste Authority will demolish the existing Energy from Waste plant after moving operations to the replacement in around 2025

  • Proposals include a Visitors’ Centre and a Reuse and Recycling Centre for the public and businesses.

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has unveiled further details of the North London Heat and Power Project - a £450-500 million Energy Recovery Facility and associated development - at the Edmonton EcoPark in the London Borough of Enfield.

NLWA will begin its second phase of public consultation on the Project between 18 May and 30 June 2015.

The Energy Recovery Facility 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 21 million tonnes 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 50 per cent 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.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA, said: “We want to prevent waste, we want you to recycle it and anything you can’t, we’re going to turn into fuel and use it to heat and power homes.

“We’re already doing it and this way we can continue to do it, which is good news for jobs, investment and sorting out north London’s waste problem.

"I urge everyone in north London to look at our proposals, view the videos on our website and take part in the consultation. We are going to set the benchmark with this project. It will be one of the best performing in Europe when it comes to air quality. Most important of all, in my opinion, we’re going to be able to heat people’s homes for many years to come.”

NLWA is committed to improving air quality in north London. The replacement facility would use today’s leading technology when controlling emissions, making the facility capable of achieving levels of 60 per cent below the current permissible limits for nitrogen oxides. All emissions monitored will be the same as or even lower than the existing facility, making it one of the best performing in Europe.

The project has been designed to make it best fit the surrounding area. The Energy Recovery Facility has a compact design and shape to keep height to a minimum. Also, the materials and shape of the chimney stack will help it fade into the background.

The proposals also include:

  • a Visitors’ Centre within a new building – EcoPark House – where everyone will have a chance to see how we will generate heat and power from waste left over after recycling

  • a Resource Recovery Facility - where bulky waste will be separated for recycling. Anything left over would be used as fuel in the Energy Recovery Facility. It will also be a recycling centre for the public and businesses from 2021

  • Associated development – new access points and a temporary construction laydown area.

The existing facility employs around 180 people and a replacement would ensure there are manual and highly-skilled jobs on the site for many decades to come.

There will also be many construction jobs involved in building the new plant expected to start with preparation works in 2019 and last for three years as well as jobs involved in the demolition of the existing Energy from Waste plant in 2026/27.

The scheme ensures the EcoPark will continue to be a hub for energy and renewable heat expertise. It would provide significant investment in the local Edmonton area and provide opportunities for local business to supply services. 


As part of the public consultation, NLWA is keen to hear views on the project.  Anyone can respond to the consultation. Comments must be made in writing by:

The site is already earmarked by Enfield Council and the Mayor of London for ongoing waste management use, however due to the amount of electricity it will generate NLWA must submit an application for a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate. The Inspectorate will examine the proposal and will hold a series of local hearings before making a recommendation to the Government, which will then make a decision on whether to grant the DCO.

Councillor Clyde Loakes added: “This is a very prescriptive planning process set out by the Government for projects like these. We will use this process to ensure we get the best project for north London.”

NLWA is holding public exhibitions where there will be an opportunity to discuss the proposals face to face with members of the project team at the following locations:

Lee Valley Athletics Centre 61 Meridian Way, N9 0AR

Wednesday 3 June 2015, 12:00 – 18:00
Friday 12 June 2015, 17:00 – 21:00

Oasis Academy Hadley, South Street, Enfield EN3 4PX

Friday 5 June, 17:00 – 21:00
Saturday 13 June, 10:00 – 16:00

The Artzone, Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, 54 The Market Square, London N9 0TZ

Saturday 6 June 2015, 12:00 – 18:00
Tuesday 9 June 2015, 16:00 – 21:00

Parkside Primary School 82 Peel Close, Chingford, London E4 6XQ

Wednesday 10 June 2015, 16:00 – 20:00

Neighbourhood Resource Centre 177 Park Lane, Northumberland Park, London N17 0HJ

Thursday 11 June 2015, 16:00 – 20:00