What is the North London Heat and Power Project?

The North London Heat and Power Project includes building a world-class Energy Recovery Facility to continue recovering energy from waste for the community in north London. Our Project will also deliver flagship recycling facilities to support NLWA’s ambitious recycling plans. This includes a brand-new public reuse and recycling centre which will allow our residents to bring their waste directly to the EcoPark for reuse and recycling for the first time.

The Energy Recovery Facility will be one of the most efficient and advanced facilities of its kind in the UK, and among the best performing in Europe. Following our consultation with the local community and stakeholders, the Government consented the operation of this new state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility at Edmonton EcoPark.

It will replace the existing facility, which has successfully diverted over 21 million tonnes of waste from landfill since energy from waste treatment started nearly 50 years ago. By 2025 the current facility will have reached the end of its life and we need to invest in a replacement now so that we can continue to divert waste from landfill in the future.

The new Energy Recovery Facility will be capable of exporting power to the national grid and providing heat to the Meridian Water Heat Network. It will provide enough energy to serve the needs of 127,000 homes – that’s equivalent to more than every household in the borough of Enfield.

The NLHPP is aligned with environmental policies across the world that seek to reduce landfill and increase recycling. This includes policies set by the European Union, UK Government including the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Greater London Authority and north London’s boroughs.

Our project has received substantial funding from the UK Government as a result of its benefits for the environment. In November 2019 the value for money of the project was scrutinised by the Government and was awarded the maximum amount available (£100 million) of preferential borrowing. This was approved against Treasury “Green Book” guidelines and established that it met all requirements.

This decision took account of a saving of carbon dioxide equivalents over the life of the scheme which will make a significant positive contribution to the UK's Net Zero target. Air quality improvements will also be made in the way waste is treated and transported by further reducing the amount of lorries needed to transport the waste.

Work to prepare the site for development started in early 2019. This included the construction of a temporary laydown area and Northern Access road.

The delivery of the project will be carried out in three stages, to ensure the existing facility can continue to manage waste and prevent landfill.

  • Preparing the site for construction (2019)
  • Construction of the Resource Recovery Facility and EcoPark House (commencing 2021)
  • Construction of the Energy Recovery Facility and decommissioning of the existing plant at Edmonton EcoPark (commencing 2022)

We anticipate that the current facility will remain in operation until it is decommissioned in approximately 2026-2027.

The existing facility will be demolished, and the laydown area land will be returned to its previous condition.

These timeframes are also set out in our Project Timeline

North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP) was consented by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in 2017, following examination of our proposals and consultation with the local community.

The replacement facility will generate up to 78 megawatts of electricity. This means that in planning terms it is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. As a result, it was the Secretary of State that made the decision to grant us consent to operate and build it. The consent that was granted is known as a Development Consent Order (DCO).

Enfield Council’s Supplementary Planning Document supports the decommissioning of the existing plant at Edmonton EcoPark and the continued use of the site for waste management. The Supplementary Planning Document also promotes the ongoing use of the site to manage waste and generate heat and power.

The Mayor of London’s policies protect existing waste sites such as the EcoPark and promote the management of London’s waste within its boundaries as well as the generation of energy in London. The Mayor of London’s Environment Strategy (2018) accepted that the NLHPP is necessary for enabling London to manage its own waste in the future. 

If you would like to see the Development Consent Order as granted by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Infrastructure, please visit the National Infrastructure Planning website.