Last week The Extra broke the news that a planning application had been submitted to ERC for a proposed biogas production plant in the Greenhags area of Newton Mearns.
This week the local East Ren Green party came forward and claimeddisputed that the proposals are a realistic alternative to fossil fuel energy, and in fact the plant could actually produce a higher carbon footprint!
They claim that when one takes into account all the relevant factors such as transporting the proposed fuel, the growing of the silage, beet and maize might be less green than first thought.
A spokesperson for the group told The Extra: “Quite apart from the arguments about its location, the proposed Mearns anaerobic digestion plant might have no climate change benefits. The plan to feed it with specially grown crops is misguided because the way they are grown, including using chemical fertilisers, emits large amounts of greenhouses gases. Also, with poverty and high food costs it isn’t right to use limited farmland to grow ‘energy crops’. The proposals are a lost opportunity to make good use of our household food waste in East Renfrewshire allowing us to see genuine carbon savings and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.’
The Extra has attempted to speak with the developers on several occasions to discuss these specific concerns, but at the time of going to press nobody was available for comment.