Massive Biomass Plant On The Forth 'Poor Decision'

Green MSP Alison Johnstone says the Scottish Government has made a "poor decision" by granting planning permission for a massive biomass plant on the shores of the Firth of Forth.

The Grangemouth facility will burn up to 1.5 million tonnes of imported wood a year.

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood's economy and energy committee, said:

"Chopping down swathes of foreign forest to burn in Scotland is plain daft. The Scottish Government has made a poor decision, and should instead be supporting genuinely sustainable heat and power at a local level.

"Forth Energy wisely backed away from a similar proposal at Leith so it's extremely disappointing they are being allowed to develop further along the coast. The Scottish Government now has zero environmental credibility. They've missed their carbon reduction targets, they support extending the life of nuclear plants, they're gung-ho for coal, oil and gas, and now they're foolishly backing big biomass."