London's Green MEP Jean Lambert will challenge Novera Energy's proposals for a gasification plant in London when she addresses the Final Hearing in Stratford Town Hall on Thursday (14th September).
Novera Energy claim that a gasification plant in Rainham, the London Borough of Havering, would be a sustainable solution for London's waste, even though two previous proposals have been turned down, but to work efficiently the plant would need a constant supply of Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) that must include a significant amount of plastic and paper. Novera's own non-technical summary of its environmental statement acknowledges that the SRF feedstock 'will largely be made up of paper, textiles, wood and plastic' which Jean fears will ultimately mean less material being recycled.
Jean, who previously submitted a formal objection to the plant, said that if the proposal went ahead it would raise many questions over London's commitment to a sustainable waste strategy. Jean said; "Though the technology of the proposed plant is not identical to a mass-burn incinerator, the EU Waste Directive's definition of incineration does cover Novera Energy's proposals. Given the facility's feedstock requirements, we are in danger of redirecting recyclable materials away from recycling.
"With London's Sustainable waste strategy combined with efforts to
encourage recycling and meet targets it is astonishing that this application
for planning has come this far. If the Capital is serious about becoming a sustainable
city it should not even be considering a unit such as this. "
The hearing, involving the London Thames Gateway Development Co-operation will take place at Stratford Town Hall on Thursday 14th September 2006, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
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Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.