North London Waste Authority (NLWA) plans to replace the existing energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Enfield with a £450-500m recovery facility and claims it will be one of the best in Europe in terms of emissions.
NLWA and the seven boroughs in the area who have signed up to the North London Heat and Power Project at the Edmonton EcoPark have agreed a joint target for north London to aim for at least 50% of its waste to be recycled by 2020.
Material that is not recycled will be incinerated to generate power for around 127,000 homes with the potential for heating schemes such as Enfield Council’s planned Lee Valley Heat Network.
Launching the process for the new plant, Cllr Clyde Loakes, chair of NLWA, said: “We are going to set the benchmark with this project. We want the best technology available when it comes to air quality, the best design available in terms of how it looks, and best of all, in my opinion, is we’re going to be able to heat people’s homes for many years to come.”
NLWA says the new facility will set a benchmark in terms of emissions and should achieve levels of 60% below the current permissible limits.
Due to the amount of electricity the site will generate, NLWA must submit an application for a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate.
The existing facility employs around 180 people and construction on the new plant is expected to start around 2022 and take three years.
NLWA will hold two rounds of consultation with the first starting on 28 November and runs until 27 January 2015. The second round in May and June 2015 will focus on the details of the plans.