UK: Chemical processing plant at Mossmorran third biggest emitter of green house gases in Scotland, official figures reveal

Author: Neil Henderson, Fife Today, Published on: 21 November 2017

Fife’s chemical processing plant at Mossmorran is the third biggest emitter of green house gases in Scotland, latest official figures have revealed.

The ExxonMobil run NGL (natural gas liquids) fractionation plant on the outskirts of Cowdenbeath, hit a 14-year high for carbon dioxide emissions in 2016, pumping more than 885,580 tonnes of Co2 into the atmosphere...

This latest pollution inventory released this month by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), reveals that the controversial Fife plant at Mossmorran is now the third largest emitter of the gas which many environmentalists say is a main cause of climate change...

[E]nvironmentalists, politicians and community groups [...] called on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to take affirmative action to hold ExxonMobil to account over their unannounced flaring...

[T]he First Minister said she would be instructing the environment secretary [...] to request a full explanation from SEPA regarding the investigation being carried out... 

SEPA have recently highlighted the reduction of carbon dioxide year on year...

SEPA’s head of Environmental Quality, said: “Scotland’s transition to a low carbon economy is only possible with an ongoing reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The SPRI figures released show that we are still moving in the right direction.

“SEPA is committed to working with all Scottish businesses to ensure that complying with their environmental responsibilities in the regulations is only the beginning.

“We will work with them to explore innovative ways they can make further improvements to reduce not only their emissions, but their overall resource consumption.”

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