COOLING towers belch steam, gas flares rise over 100 metres, lights, as dazzling as a Christmas display, turn the night sky a dusky orange. This is the kind of infernal landscape that inspired Ridley Scott’s opening sequence in Blade Runner – in fact Scott drew on the similar Teeside panorama of his own youth. Only it’s not a fictional dystopia. This is a real industry with a real footprint. From Ineos’s 1,700 acres of land at Grangemouth, in 2019, 3.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide were released into the atmosphere, according to SEPA figures. A third of the total emissions from companies in Scotland which have a mandatory reporting duty, are emitted from this site. It represents a panorama of the fossil fuel age, from which we are too slowly turning. Scotland’s only refinery can feel like the end of something, the last days of a belligerent old dragon, yet even in this age of net zero targets it still flares. The Grangemouth site still accounts for around 3-4 percent of Scotland’s GDP. It remains a symbol, as COP26 approaches, of the fact that we in Scotland are still a long way from weaning ourselves off oil.
Herald 10th April 2021 read more »
Churchgoers in Devon do not typically chat about the upcoming annual meetings of blue-chip companies over cups of tea. But FTSE 100 bank Barclays is becoming “more of a talking point”, says the Rev Canon Dr John Hall, one of more than 100 investors to have backed a resolution demanding that Barclays phase out its financing for coal, oil and gas firms. The 71-year-old vicar says he is noticing rising support from within the church and expects the matter to gather momentum. He wants more people to pile pressure onto Barclays after discovering that the bank was one of Europe’s biggest backers of fossil fuels. After planting trees around the edge of Dartmoor to try and do his bit to help the environment, he felt frustrated to hear that powerful banks were still bankrolling dirty energy.
Telegraph 11th April 2021 read more »