In the UK, a step forward in reducing carbon emissions and tackling the Climate Emergency has been taken by Energetik, North London Waste Authority (NLWA), and LondonEnergy. A long-term heat supply agreement via district heating has been finalized, cementing their partnership and guaranteeing a low carbon heating and hot water supply in Enfield.
The agreement will provide a sustainable solution for the heating and hot water needs of more than 10 000 homes and businesses across the Meridian Water development, with the capacity to supply up to 30 000 more homes across the North London borough and beyond.
Upon completion of the construction phase, Energetik will capture and use up to 60 MW of otherwise untapped heat energy generated at NLWA’s replacement Edmonton Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Edmonton EcoPark.
This partnership with Energetik is a landmark moment for our project. It’s a huge step forward in our efforts to tackle the Climate Emergency, ensuring that thousands of local homes in Enfield will benefit from low carbon heat from our world-class Energy Recovery Facility. By unlocking this major heat network, our facility will be one of the greenest and most advanced of its type in the UK, said Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA.
LondonEnergy already generates energy from the waste that cannot be recycled at Edmonton EcoPark in the form of electricity, equivalent to powering 80 000 homes. With the increased efficiency of a new, modern ERF, enough power can be generated for up to 127 000 homes through the national grid, and this agreement will further increase the energy efficiency by harnessing heat energy which will be used locally.
The signing of the agreement cements LondonEnergy’s commitment to providing sustainable and affordable energy for north London communities. Sharing the heat energy generated by the new Energy Recovery Facility is the natural next step in our contribution to ‘Powering a cleaner future London’, said Jim Kendal, Managing Director of LondonEnergy.
Future-proof population growth
This strengthens Enfield’s energy resilience and embraces a circular economy approach by retrieving the maximum value from non-recyclable waste produced by over 2 million north Londoners. As London’s population grows, the provision of sustainable heat is essential for the transition to a net-zero carbon economy.
With domestic heating from natural gas representing a large percentage of carbon emissions, this low carbon alternative is an extremely encouraging step forward in the effort to tackle the Climate Emergency and decarbonise heat and buildings.
According to Energetik, the reduction of emissions will be significant as homes connected to the Energetik heat network will reduce their consumption of fossil fuel, and their heat-related carbon emission by up to 92.3 percent.
Moreover, with individual gas boilers no longer needed, the emission of excessive nitrogen oxides (NOx) can be avoided, significantly benefiting local air quality and overall home safety for residents.
Finalizing this agreement marks a major milestone for Energetik and all our partners. It will allow Energetik to utilize a local, sustainable heat source and supply thousands of homes with low carbon heat and hot water, generating huge carbon savings and contributing towards Enfield’s climate action plan objectives, said Jayne Clare, Managing Director at Energetik.