H) Dorset Council Climate Emergency issues – IMPORTANT planning ground

  1. Contrary to Dorset Council’s Declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency as it would increase air pollution in local air and add to greenhouse gases: approx. 577 tonnes of CO2 every day (assuming 350 days of operation a year), high levels of nitrogen oxides, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride; ultra-fine particulate matter (UFP) and PM 2.5 which government is aiming to reduce: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53835111?fbclid=IwAR1msriwsWdlOT9k3ur-_NzQ4znRnaevH3pGtuk-x_5B1jWvcEYdcyRgW18 .  
  2. Negative climate impact of pollution to atmosphere from waste incineration will increase in significance as decreases are achieved in other sectors (e.g. in move to electric vehicles and homeworking).
  3. To be economically viable it is likely that there would be a need to import waste from outside Dorset and probably outside UK to meet demand of its furnace. This would be damaging Dorset’s air quality and visitor economy in order to burn foreign waste: see F2 and G3
  4. The argument that emissions of approximately 577 tonnes of CO2 a day could be mitigated with some tree planting does not hold.  A typical mature tree sequesters one tonne of CO2 over a lifetime of 100 years.  This means that, apart from considerations of immediate harm to local air quality, even if 577 trees were planted by Powerfuel every day (210,028 a year) for the lifetime of the plant and NO OTHER TREES WERE CUT DOWN ANYWHERE, it would take 100 years for the CO2 emitted by their incinerator to be sequestered. This level of tree planting would dwarf any such project seen to date in the UK.