Green Party opposes diesel generators

17 December 2018

Stowmarket Town councillor Miles Row said:

Scientists have made it clear we need to do all we can to reduce emissions, not further add to them. When the government started encouraging these standby generator schemes they failed to investigate other options that were not reliant on burning fuel, be it biodiesel or fossil fuels. {1} One option is a local smart grid. This would allow use of battery storage instead, thus avoiding any drop in air quality.
Using waste-derived biodiesel generally has higher carbon savings than fossil fuels and palm oil derived biodiesel, but still has a significant carbon footprint. Bio-diesel also comes at a cost, for example palm oil comes from plantations destroying rainforests and pushing species such as the orangutan to extinction. We also oppose it on noise and air pollution grounds as people work nearby and further adding to local air pollution will not be good for them.

Fellow Green Party Town councillor Gareth Betts- Davies added:

“We have a local responsibility to dramatically reduce carbon emissions, and this proposal will make matters worse instead. “

{1} These schemes have recently been ruled illegal by the European Court

{2} The planning application to Mid Suffolk DC is DC/18/05102
Application under Section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act. 2762/16, without compliance with Condition 2 (Approved plans, agreed under 1855/17) and Condition 6 (Restriction on operation times), to permit an increase in annual hours of operation.

Land To The South Of Stowmarket Business Park Needham Road Stowmarket
Application. No: DC/18/05102 | Received: Mon 19 Nov 2018 | Validated: Thu 22 Nov 2018 | Status: Awaiting decision


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