Scottish Power plant named as one of top 30 most polluting power stations in Europe


Longannet power station
Longannet power station

Scotland’s Longannet power station has been named as one of the top 30 polluting power plants in the EU.

Europe’s Dirty 30 report is published by WWF, CAN Europe, the European Envionmental Bureau, the Health and Environment Alliance and Climate Alliance Germany. The report looks at CO2 emissions from coal power plants in the EU.

Longannet in Fife – with four 600MW generating units – is the second largest power station in the UK.

The station runs on pulverised coal, and generates enough power to meet the needs of two million homes. Ash is produced as a by-product. This is used to manufacture high quality, sustainable construction products, with any surplus directed to the station ash lagoons.

The station has been operating since 1972 and Scottish Power continues to invest in Longannet to improve its environmental performance.

The power station and associated lagoons operate subject to conditions contained in Pollution Prevention Control (PPC) permits issued and enforced by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The station’s Environmental Management System is certified to the international standard ISO 14001 and meets the requirements of the EU’s Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

Scottish Power said “substantial investment” had been made to ensure Longannet operated within “strict” environmental legislative limits.

The report shows the top 30 polluting power plants in the EU, ranked according to their total carbon dioxide emissions in 2013. The UK and Germany came joint first, with nine of the dirtiest coal plants each.

Scotland’s Longannet is ranked 21st on the list, with Poland’s Belchatow plant coming top and the UK’s largest coal plant – Drax – coming in at sixth.

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