Emissions Information

Emissions Information

Emissions from Energy-from-Waste Facilities

The ERF has been designed in a way that emissions released from the stack are well within the strict requirements of UK legislation. Modeling of the dispersion of potential emissions has been carried out, showing that they will not have unacceptable effects on local air quality, health or nature conservation sites.

Public Health England advises that well run and regulated EfW facilities do not pose a significant threat to public health, stating that the effects are likely to be so small that they would be undetectable. All EfW facilities in the UK are tightly regulated and must operate within the national requirements, set out in the Industrial Emissions Directive. The Environment Agency also carries out spot-checks to ensure that the monitoring equipment is operating correctly.

To view the Health Impact Assessment and the Environment Statement for the Rookery South ERF click here as well as its annex here

Emissions Reporting

Operations at the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility are tightly controlled by requirements set out in the plant’s Environmental Permit, which are regulated by the Environment Agency. 

Rookery South providesmonthly emissions reports for the public to view on this website. The authorities have approved this method of reporting as it is the simplest way to communicate this data to the public and other stakeholders. The same emissions data and reports are submitted to the Environment Agency for their independent assessment.


Did You Know?

The Rookery South ERF uses state-of-the-art emissions controls, including what is known as a baghouse, to capture and control particulate matter. Operating like a very efficient vacuum cleaner, a baghouse removes and captures particulate matter from combustion gases by drawing air through thousands of filter bags.

Emissions Report Guide

To understand more about the plant's emissions reports, please click below.


The bar charts below display the average half hourly and daily emissions over the month of April 2022.

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April 2022 WID Report

Controlling Air Emissions

We are committed to reducing emissions from our EfW facilities and to keeping these below the strict air emissions limits set by regulatory bodies. We employ sophisticated technologies to achieve superior environmental performance and minimise our impact.

State-of-the-art emissions control technologies

Boiler Design:

Our boilers are specifically designed to recover as much energy as possible out of the waste while minimising the formation of dioxins and ensuring complete combustion, including that of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other organic compounds.

Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) Control:

Our facilities are equipped with a selective non-catalytic NOx reduction (SNCR) system, which injects ammonia into the furnace to chemically convert NOx into nitrogen, an inert gas, and water.

Carbon Injection:

Activated carbon is added to the flue gas stream as it exits the boiler. Contaminants such as mercury and dioxins adsorb to the surface of the carbon so they can be removed downstream in the baghouse filter.


A scrubber neutralises over 95% of acid gases, including sulphur dioxide and hydrochloric acid, by spraying a lime slurry into the exhaust stream.


Operating like a very efficient vacuum cleaner, the baghouse filter removes 99.5% of the particulate matter from the combustion gases. As air is drawn through the baghouse, particulate matter is caught on the surfaces of the bags. Periodically, the bags are cleaned by pulsing the bags with a strong jet of air. The particulates are transferred to silos.

Emission Monitoring:

Rookery South ERF operates under strict air emissions control limits. We use a combination of continuous emission monitoring systems that monitor emissions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.