Biomass: Our response to the Committee report

The Policy & Resources Committee of Dundee City Council met to consider Forth Energy's biomass plant application on June 24th.  Friends of the Earth Tayside set out a number of important facts that were missing from the Committee report, set out below, and also issued a more detailed response …

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Friends of the Earth Tayside challenges Forth Energy’s Air Quality findings

Attached below is the Friends of the Earth Tayside response to Forth Energy’s Addendum on Air Quality, in relation to its application for a Biomass “Renewable Energy Plant” in Dundee. Biomass submission to ECU on Forth Energy Addendum 2 by FoE Tayside FINAL It is fairly length and the …

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Government U-turn results in Grangemouth biomass plant go-ahead

FoE Tayside have criticised the decision by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing on 3 June 2013 to approve Forth Energy's application for a biomass power plant at Grangemouth - similar to Dundee but with more capacity to produce heat. In a statement to the Courier, Andrew Llanwarne, Co-ordinator of …

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Britain failing to protect people from effects of air pollution – UK Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court ruled on 1 May that Britain has failed in its legal duty to protect people from the harmful effects of air pollution, opening the way for the European Commission to take infringement action against Britain.  This could require cities such as Dundee to introduce restrictions on …

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Dundee Biomass Plant – Suggestions for Contacting your Local Councillors

If you are concerned about Forth Energy’s proposed "Biomass Renewable Energy Plant" (i.e. power station which will burn trees), please contact your local councillors.  They are being discouraged from attending events where they might learn some of the unwelcome truths about the project, so it's up …

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Summary of Air Pollution & Health programme on BBC iPlayer!

A good overview of the growing problem of air pollution and its effects on our health, was presented in "Bang Goes the Theory" broadcast on 29 April 2013 on BBC1.   Link to programme web page.  This was very timely, two days before the Courier's debate on Forth Energy's proposed biomass plant in …

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Forth Energy Biomass Plant application revived

At the start of April, Forth Energy re-submitted its application for the Biomass Power Station at Dundee, with the addendum on air quality required by Dundee City Council when it first considered the application in January 2011.  If Councillors decide the air quality findings are acceptable, the …

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Don’t close Marchbanks!

Displaced recyclers in Dundee will be forced to drive 1 million miles over the next year, spend almost £500,000 in fuel and running costs and emit over 4000 tonnes CO2, just to do what good citizens should do by responsibly dealing with the 6000 tonnes of "waste"which they currently take to Dundee's …

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Last Change to Stop Scottish Government U-Turn on Subsidies for Burning Trees

Friends of the Earth Scotland and Biofuelwatch Joint News Release, 5 March 2013 Campaigners have their final opportunity tomorrow (6 March) to alter proposals by the Scottish Government on big subsidies for inefficient large scale biomass electricity production. The Economy, Energy and Tourism …

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Volunteering with FoE Tayside

There was plenty of interest in the Friends of the Earth Tayside stand at the University of Dundee Volunteering Fair held on 20 February 2013.  A leaflet was prepared specially for the event, setting out our main campaigning activities and indicating the kind of projects which students and others …

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