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A new energy from waste proposal

The Next Generation (NSW) Pty Ltd (The Next Generation) proposes to develop an energy from waste facility within the Eastern Creek Industrial Estate.


Energy from waste (EfW) technology involves using thermal technology to convert waste, which would otherwise go to landfill, into steam to drive turbines and generate electricity.


The Eastern Creek EfW facility proposes to generate electricity for up to 36,000 homes by diverting up to 300,000 tonnes of residual waste from landfill in the Sydney Metropolitan Area.


The facility is classified as an ‘Electricity Generating Works’ with a capital investment value of approximately $290 million and is defined as State significant development.


The Next Generation advises the main objectives of the proposal are to:

  • offer a viable alternative to the burning of fossil fuels via a green and renewable energy source
  • service approximately 36,000 homes through the export of 31.9 MW energy
  • create a consistent source of green energy back into the NSW electricity grid and reduce the demand for landfill in Metropolitan Sydney
  • eliminate 12.2 – 13.6 Mt CO2 equivalent over 30 years
  • provide technology that compliments the EPA’s NSW Energy from Waste Policy Statement (2015) and assists in the delivery of the targets of NSW Renewable Action Plan
  • create an employment generating land use, consistent with the objectives and intentions of the Eastern Creek Precinct within the broader Western Sydney Employment Area
  • retain land with high conservation value.


Previous Energy from Waste Proposal

The previous application by The Next Generation for an energy from waste facility was refused by the Independent Planning Commission in July 2018.


The Next Generation has appealed the Commission’s decision to refuse the application in the NSW Land and Environment Court.


The department and two independent experts are assisting the Commission in defending its decision.


More information

All documentation related to the new Eastern Creek Energy from Waste applications are available on our Major Projects website (details of the previous application are also available).


To learn more, you can read our FAQs on energy from waste technology.

Page last updated: 05/07/2021