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Congratulations to our award winning team! Our Operation team were today presented with the 2018 IMPACT Masterclass Champion Award by Mark Richardson, EMS Process Improvement Consultant for their continued contribution to go above and beyond in one of @EMSCognito IMPACT Masterclass™ programmes during 2018. This Award is an excellent achievement for the team and demonstrates their hard work and commitment to developing operational processes. The programme strengthened the communication between our Operational and Energy Centre staff and the team introduced a system to further reduce the amount of unburnt waste sent to landfill.
LondonEnergy Ltd (LEL) has today announced a new agreement with Ark Data Centres. LEL’s energy from waste plant in Edmonton, North London will be supplying electricity directly to a newly-established Ark facility located near to the plant.
LEL already generates income by converting waste into electricity – which therefore reduces waste disposal costs for North London residents. The agreement with Ark Data Centres will deliver enhanced value whilst providing a cost-effective, reliable, direct service for the new computer server centre which has relatively high energy requirements.
Jim Kendall, Operations Director of LondonEnergy, comments: “We are excited to announce this agreement with our new neighbours, Ark Data Centres, a first of its kind for LondonEnergy. As we look to the future and society’s transition to more sustainable sources of energy, I can see many more opportunities of this nature opening up. LondonEnergy is delighted to be working with Ark to help improve the environmental credentials of what is an energy-intensive business.”
Under the agreement, LondonEnergy will supply up to 22MW of power to the Ark facility via a physical connection, known as a ‘private wire’ network, to supply electricity from the LEL Energy Centre to the data centre hosting computer servers. This is a relatively energy-intensive operation, particularly for the cooling needed to keep the servers at operating temperature.
Councillor Clyde Loakes chairs the North London Waste Authority – the public body which is the sole shareholder of LEL. Commenting on the agreement, Councillor Loakes said: “This agreement is great news financially and economically for the residents of North London. Converting waste into electricity reduces waste disposal costs and this new partnership supports important business development in the area. It further demonstrates LEL’s commitment to working hard in sustainable solutions for waste disposal. Powering the online world is better than pushing more material into landfill.
Huw Owen, Ark’s CEO, adds: “This is the exciting next step in Ark’s development as a leader within our industry. We look forward to continuing to provide market-leading data services to existing and new clients from this new location at Enfield. Our arrangement with LondonEnergy further enhances our already excellent client offering and we are extremely pleased to be able to add yet further value to our clients and their businesses and their businesses. All, of course, made possible by the incredible talent and hard work of the Ark team who continue to deliver these world class outcomes.”
North London Waste Authority will continue working with LondonEnergy Ltd towards a contract to manage the waste collected by the seven north London Boroughs and to operate the replacement Energy Recovery Facility at Edmonton EcoPark.
The new waste to energy plant is planned as part of the Authority’s North London Heat and Power Project (the Project) having been granted a Development Consent Order to construct and operate an ERF and associated developments for the effective management of waste onsite.
LEL are currently contracted by NLWA to operate the existing waste to energy facility at Edmonton EcoPark and manage six of the seven reuse and recycling centres in north London.
The existing energy from waste facility is almost 50 years old and has diverted over 21 million tonnes of waste from landfill over this time. The replacement ERF is expected to come into operation in 2025, when the existing facility comes to the end of its operational life.
“Having already worked with LEL for a number of years, I am happy to announce NLWA will be continuing our relationship,” said Councillor
Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA. “The members have agreed LEL brings a wealth of knowledge from their experience operating in waste management that will ensure efficiency and functionality are at the forefront of the project,” he continued.
LEL will develop plans to ensure it can operate the facility to its full potential. The replacement facility is expected to operate at almost 60% below the current environmental standards for nitrate oxide emissions, while the current facility operates at 20% below.
There is also capacity to treat up to 700,000 tonnes of residual waste a year and generate 70 MW of electricity – enough to power 127,000 homes, while also supporting a local heating network.
LEL’s Managing Director, Peter Sharpe says, “This is a great opportunity to bring this fantastic project to success. We plan to work together and deliver a really efficient operation for state-of-the-art energy recovery.”
The Authority have phased the construction to ensure the current waste to energy facility can continue to operate while the replacement is built.
LondonEnergy hosted its annual charitable event today to support the North London Mayors in their bid to raise funds for their chosen charities. The event took place at the company’s head office and gave the Mayors an opportunity to find out how almost 750,000 tonnes of household waste and recycling is managed every year.
Peter Sharpe, Managing Director at LondonEnergy, spoke about the company’s achievements from 2017 – the launch of the Euro 6 cleaner engine vehicles, the company’s continued commitment to health & safety and the fact that the waste to energy facility now produces enough energy to power around 82,000 homes in London.
The event culminated with the presentation of the Company’s donation of £1000 to each Mayor’s chosen charity.
Peter Sharpe said: “We are delighted to support charities from our local community which make a real difference to the lives of people in the capital.”
This year’s list of worthy charities reads as follows:
- Barnet – Live Unlimited, raises aspirations for children with care experience in Barnet
- Enfield – Together We Are Enfield
- Camden- Camden Music Trust
- Hackney – Hackney Quest and Father2Father
- Haringey – Ambitious about Autism and John Dewy Special
- Islington – CARIS Islington and Freightliners City Farm
- Waltham Forest – the charity supporting vulnerable teenagers and young adults.