Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wood You Say That's Sustainable?

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Forth Ports have said they want to build four new biomass power plants at their Scottish ports. Each would produce 100MW to power the ports themselves, with any surplus being sold to the National Grid.

They say they will use sustainably sourced wood and forestry by-products to power the plants but they already admit that there's a problem - there's not enough source material in Scotland. They'll have to import waste wood.

Is importing waste wood and timber sustainable? I have to admit that despite the environmental costs of shipping the stuff from other countries (and I would imagine they won't have to look outside of Europe for it), I'd rather see them importing wood chips than importing coal.

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