EcoPark steps closer towards net zero and beyond in major new partnership

Published

24 Nov 2022

North London Waste Authority (NLWA), the public body responsible for delivering the new Energy Recovery Facility at our EcoPark, has become a partner in a major initiative allowing the new facility to go beyond net zero and take CO2 out of the atmosphere.

North London Waste Authority (NLWA), the public body responsible for delivering the new Energy Recovery Facility at Edmonton EcoPark in Enfield, has become a partner in a major initiative allowing the new facility to go beyond net zero and take CO2 out of the atmosphere.

The Bacton Thames Net Zero (BTNZ) Cooperation Agreement is a collaboration between businesses and organisations in South East England and the Thames Estuary, which will explore the feasibility of transporting and storing carbon dioxide from the region in the Hewett depleted gas field in the North Sea. At the same time, NLWA is currently investigating the viability of installing carbon capture infrastructure at the EcoPark in the early 2030s.

NLWA Chair, Cllr Clyde Loakes, said: “With or without carbon capture, the new Energy Recovery Facility is the most environmentally responsible method for dealing with waste. It has a far lower impact on the climate than landfill. With carbon capture and storage, however, the facility will have an even more important role in combatting the Climate Emergency as it will actively take CO2 out of the atmosphere.”

Carbon capture and storage will make the Energy Recovery Facility ‘carbon negative’ or lower than net zero. Carbon negative is a reality as the facility receives large amounts of biogenic materials for hygienic disposal – for example, soiled paper towels, food residues – found in household black-bag waste. All things on Earth contain some carbon, but the carbon in biogenic materials has a neutral impact on the climate in stark contrast to the CO2 generated by fossil fuels and materials derived from them.

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