Plans unveiled for new solar energy farm to be built alongside Rochdale Canal. Oldham council has applied to install around 2,700 solar panels on more than 3.5 acres of land at Wrigley Head in Failsworth. The site, which is bounded on either side by the Metrolink and the Rochdale Canal, is owned by the town hall and is made up of ‘partial hardstanding’ and birch trees.
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The City of Edinburgh Council has been accused of “creative carbon accounting” by “ignoring” the climate pollution caused by a big waste incinerator outside the capital. Friends of the Earth Scotland attacked the council for “claiming environmental benefits where they do not exist”. Other campaigners criticised the council for “greenwash” and “misreporting”. Edinburgh council, however, dismissed the allegations as “hugely misleading and inaccurate”. It said that it had reported its emissions as the Scottish Government required it to do, and as other councils do. In 2020 the council announced that it had met its climate target a year ahead of schedule, thanks to “drastically reducing the amount of waste going to landfill”. It claimed that council carbon emissions had been cut by 60 per cent since 2005-06. These reductions were attributed to the opening of the new Millerhill recycling and energy recovery centre — which includes a waste incinerator — in Midlothian in September 2019. But environmentalists say that the council has not included all the carbon emissions from the incinerator.
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