‘the UK’s biggest CO2 emitter’ is Drax’s Selby Plant: According to recent Ember study, the Drax power station in Selby, which utilises biomass, is the UK’s largest carbon dioxide emitter.

After analysing the carbon footprints of European coal power projects, analysts at the environmental think tank ranked the Drax plant third among the top five carbon emitters in Europe.

According to the report’s authors, only Belchatow in Poland and Neurath in Germany release more CO2 than the Drax power station.

Annual carbon dioxide emissions from Polish and German power plants are expected to be 30.1 million tonnes and 18.1 million tonnes, respectively.

According to the non-profit think tank’s study, burning wood not only produces substantial volumes of carbon dioxide, but also huge amounts of particulate matter (PM).

According to the report, Drax’s annual wood-burning volume places the project among the top five polluters of PM10 air pollution in Europe.

Drax, according to Ember, received £832 million in government subsidies for burning biomass pellets to create renewable power.

“Recent science demonstrates that burning forest biomass for power is unlikely to be carbon-neutral and there’s a real risk that it is responsible for significant emissions.” said, Phil MacDonald, Ember Chief Operating Officer.

“Before the government spends more taxpayer money on biomass, we should make sure we know we are getting the emissions reductions that we are paying for.”

“Ember’s interpretation of the figures for Drax’s carbon dioxide emissions is inaccurate and completely at odds with what the world’s leading climate scientists at the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) say about sustainable biomass being crucial to delivering global climate targets.” Said a Drax spokesperson.

“Drax Power Station produces 12% of the UK’s renewable electricity, keeping the lights on for millions of homes and businesses.”

“Converting Drax Power Station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal transformed the business into Europe’s biggest decarbonisation project and has helped Britain decarbonise its electricity system at a faster rate than any other major economy.”

“We have reduced our emissions by more than 90% in the last decade and Drax is now one of Europe’s lowest carbon energy generators.”

“We do not recognise these figures. The UK Government is committed to eliminating our contribution to climate change by 2050 and biomass is a key element of our plans to reach this target.” A BEIS spokesperson said.

“The UK reports and accounts for biomass emissions in accordance with internationally agreed rules that follow guidance from the IPCC.”

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