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Lambert to oppose Novera's gasification plant

Proposals for Novera Energy’s gasification plant raise question marks over London’s commitment to a sustainable waste strategy.

This is the view of Green MEP for London, Jean Lambert, who has submitted a formal objection to the plant earmarked for development in Rainham, London Borough of Havering.

To work efficiently, Lambert claims that the plant would need a constant supply of Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) that must include a significant amount of plastic and paper.

Lambert claims that Novera’s own non-technical summary of its environmental statement acknowledges that the SRF feedstock will largely be made up of paper, textiles, wood and plastics and she fears this will ultimately mean less material is recycled.

She said: “Though the technology of the proposed plant is not identical to a mass-burn incinerator, the EU Waste Directive’s definition of incineration does cover Novera Energy’s proposals.

“Given the facility’s feedstock requirements, we are in danger of redirecting recyclable materials away from recycling.”

The MEP also questioned the impact of the gasification plant on air quality in the London Borough of Havering which is already in breach of EU standards while dealing with waste remains a real problem in the area.

“If we can’t deal with our waste in a sustainable way, further developments in the Thames Gateway area will almost certainly run into real difficulties.

“London has made significant progress increasing levels of recycling and is now on the way to meeting recycling targets. We simply cannot undermine this with a gasification plant that really is another excuse for incineration”, Lambert said.

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