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This article has been taken from Scotland Against New Coal’s website (thanks SANC!)

Banned in Denmark but OK here?

What would you do if you wanted to test carbon capture technology on dirty old coal but couldn’t do it in your own country? Yes, try it here in Scotland! According to an article in the Sunday Herald, the Hunterston proposal would not be permitted in Denmark because it causes too much climate-wrecking pollution. Environmentalists, experts and Danish politicians say that Dong Energy, based in Copenhagen, would not be allowed to build the kind of carbon-emitting plant it is proposing for the North Ayrshire port of Hunterston in its home country.

But here in Scotland, we have a Government which thinks coal is great and a fuel of the future. Worse still, overall energy policy is reserved to Westminster, where hopes are hung not just on so-called clean coal but also on nuclear power. Houston – we have a problem…

If built, the new plant at Hunterston would be the first new fossil fuel power station in Scotland for 30 years. Without abatement technology, it would also hugely boost our carbon dioxide emissions, and jeopardise the government’s targets to cut climate pollution. Dong insists the plant will be “carbon capture ready”, enabling its pollution to be trapped and stored. But critics argue that this is a meaningless promise while carbon capture technology is still in its infancy and super-critical SANC don’t rate carbon capture as a solution at all.

“It is hypocritical and unacceptable for Dong to propose a plant in Scotland that would not win approval in their home country,” said Dr Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland. Yup, but what can we do? Answers here please!


2 Responses to “Dong Energy’s Dirty Deals”

  1. 1 RCT

    If I were in Scotland I’d be pretty damn mad! Dong Energy needs to come up with a better system. I like their perseverance, but bad for one country, bad for all. Re-build your system with less pollutants!

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