27 May 2020 by Robyn White

Mayor eyes judicial review for Cory EfW

The Mayor of London says he is to push for a judicial review into the decision to grant Cory Riverside Energy permission to build a second energy from waste (EfW) plant in Belvedere, south east London. 

Under the plans, an 800,000 tonnes per year capacity plant will be built alongside Cory’s existing 750,000 tonne plant

This comes as Extinction Rebellion’s North London Branch has again urged the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to pause its plans to replace the Edmonton EfW plant with a new facility.


In April thPlanning Inspectorate, overseen by secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy Alok Sharma, approved Cory’s plans for an EfW plant to be developed alongside the waste management company’s existing facility on the south bank of the Thames (see letsrecycle.com story). 

This will see an 800,000 tonnes per year capacity EfW built alongside Cory’s existing 750,000 tonne plant.  

Sadiq Khan said in a brief statement on Twitter on 21 May: “London does not need more waste-burning incinerators.  

“I have challenged the secretary of state’s decision on the Cory incinerator and have issued a claim to the planning court requesting a judicial review of that decision. We need to build the greener future our city deserves.”

“I have challenged the secretary of state’s decision on the Cory incinerator and have issued a claim to the planning court requesting a judicial review”

Sadiq Khan, London mayor

Mr Khan has maintained a longstanding opposition to the project, describing the decision to approve the application as “extremely disappointing” (see letsrecycle.com story). 


Cory says it is disappointed the Mayor intends to challenge the secretary of state’s decision. 

A spokesperson told letsrecycle.com“Following extensive public consultation and participation by interested parties including Jon Cruddas MP and the Greater London Authority during the examination of the application, the Planning Inspectorate concluded that there is a clear need for the Riverside Energy Park and that its development and operation would not have a significant impact on air quality or the local environment more widely.  

“In subsequently approving the application for development consent, the secretary of state agreed that the Riverside Energy Park will play an important role in meeting the UK’s urgent energy needs and that the merits of the project justified its development. 

“Everyone in London wants a clean city and done responsibly energy-from-waste provides a modern, clean and efficient solution to waste management.  

“The proposed Riverside Energy Park delivers such a solution, diverting waste from landfill that cannot be reused or recycled whilst converting it into secure and reliable supplies of low carbon energy as part of the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy.”  


Edmonton is home to the other proposed new incinerator for London and the project this week saw Extinction Rebellion’s North London branch step up its pressure on the North London Waste Authority (NLW) to “pause” its plans to replace the existing Edmonton EfW plant which is run by LondonEnergy 

In March, Extinction Rebellion’s North London branch wrote a letter to the councils making up the waste authority – Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington and Waltham Forest – urging them to “pause” the project.  

The following month, the NLWA reaffirmed its “ongoing and complete support” for the project (see letsrecycle.com story), which the group replied to yesterday. The authority explained the need to have a facility for residual waste and suggested Extinction Rebellion help to promote the recycling message.

Now, it what it calls a “rebuttal” to the NLWA’s rationale for the new plant and published yesterday (26 May), the pressure group calls on the NLWA to “tell the truth about recycling, waste generation, carbon emissions, waste management needs, and the health and environmental costs of incineration”.

An artist’s impression of the new Edmonton EfW, which has come under criticism from Extinction Rebellion

The full document can be read here.

The dispute centres on the NLWA to project which will see the replacement of the dated 500,000 tonnes per annum energy from waste plant at Edmonton with a 700,000 tonne plant with the heat used locally. 



Stop describing Energy From Waste (EFW) Facilities as Incinerators, they are not.

Lets establish the TRUTH here:

Modern EFWs that operate to Best Available Techniques and R1* (65% +) Energy Efficiency Ratings are actually classified as Recovery Facilities.

Posted by Joe Gatley on May 28, 2020

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