Fri 1 Oct, 2021

Councils across Scotland with plans to open polluting waste-to-energy plants are today under pressure after the Scottish Government announced a review of their future.

In government the Scottish Greens have launched a major review of the future of incinerators. It will examine the role incineration plays in Scotland’s waste hierarchy, including whether there is a need for any new incineration capacity at all.

This comes as councils across Scotland plan to double Scotland’s incineration capacity, which could lead to three quarters of household waste being burned for energy – locking in demand for waste for decades.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said:

“Incineration has no future as a solution for tackling the climate crisis, as it produces climate emissions and relies on current unsustainable levels of waste. Yet many local authorities have been all too keen to build even more waste-hungry incinerators as a quick fix to the forthcoming landfill ban.

“Labour’s credibility on this issue is up in smoke, because for all their bluster in Holyrood, Labour-run councils have approved new incinerators in North Ayrshire and Fife and looks set to approve one in North Lanarkshire too. Of course, Labour worked with the Tories in Aberdeen to rubber stamp a vast new incinerator in the city, and the Tories have plans for Aberdeenshire and Perth and Kinross too. It has been up to Greens, locally, to oppose these plans.

“Now that the future of incineration is in question, councils should halt their incineration plans and look instead at how they can support a circular economy.”

Get involved

More like this

Scottish Greens: we are only just getting started

Sat 9 Oct, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater have told party conference the party is only just getting started when it comes to tackling the climate emergency from the position of government.

Thanks to a cooperation deal between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Greens, the party co-leaders have been ministers in government for just over a month.

In that time, they have started building a new deal for tenants, published a major strategy for decarbonising buildings and announced a major review of incineration.

Scottish Green Party members approve “historic” co-op deal

Sat 28 Aug, 2021

Scottish Green Party members have approved the party’s cooperation agreement, clearing the way for co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater to become Scotland's (and the UK’s) first Green ministers.

The agreement was approved overwhelmingly by members at a meeting this morning and ratified by the party’s national council afterward.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Greens welcome public inquiry announcement

Tue 24 Aug, 2021

Commenting on the news that the Scottish Government is to establish a COVID-19 public inquiry before the end of the year, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater MSP said:

“The coronavirus crisis has been the most significant public health emergency for generations. The pandemic has impacted the way we all live our lives, and sadly many thousands have not survived.