LondonWaste, the company owned by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to provide waste management services to seven boroughs, has been re-branded as LondonEnergy.
The company says the change reflects a focus on high-quality outputs management of valuable resources through reuse, recycling and the production of sustainable energy.
Its new motto ‘Powering the circular economy’ is designed to assert the company’s position as north London’s leading producer of sustainable energy and to raise awareness of the need to develop more sustainable business models.
Managing director Peter Sharpe, pictured right with NLWA chair Clyde Loakes, said: “The rapidly developing sustainable energy and secondary resources markets make it an exciting time for LondonEnergy and the communities that we serve.
“We are transforming from a traditional waste management business into an energy, recycling and resource management business, and this rebranding better reflects the current and future activities of the company.
“LondonEnergy provides more than 300 well-paid and skilled jobs for north London, and this change also underlines our ambition to realise the opportunities of the future and continue to make LondonEnergy a great place to work.”
Sharpe said this also included employment practices. Every employee earned more than the London Living Wage and none was on zero hours contracts. LondonEnergy had, for the first time, taken on six people for a new graduate programme and this was intended to be an annual scheme. In 2016, it had introduced apprenticeships, again part of a roilling programme.
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At the centre of its operations is a 40-acre complex at Edmonton. This includes an incinerator which is due to be replaced by a combined heat and power facility by 2027. The construction preparation work is expected to start in 2019, and the existing energy-from-waste plant is due to be redundant in 2025.
Loakes said the company was preparing to bridge that two-year gap.
“Currently we think we can get this 50-year-old bit of kit to 2025. The logistics of how we manage the site during the build is what we are working on at the moment. It depends whether we can get the old kit to go on a bit longer or if we can get the new kit on-stream [earlier].”
A spokesperson for the NLWA later told MRW: ”It is proposed that the new plant is commissioned in 2025, the existing plant decommissioned in 2026-27 and the existing plant demolished in 2027-28.”
LondonEnergy‘s portfolio also includes a transfer station, eight household recycling centres and a reuse shop. It manages 800,000 tonnes of waste from more than 1.9 million residents across the seven north London boroughs, accounting for 3% of the UK’s household waste.