Sinn Féin welcome Bord na Mona decision to halt US biomass plant – Stanley
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Climate Action and Environment Brian Stanley TD has welcomed reports that Bord an Mona plan to not proceed with a plan to build a €60 million biomass plant in the US which would develop wood chip to be burned in Irish electricity power plants. Teachta Stanley said he now hopes an Irish biomass industry will be developed and create sustainable long term employment in rural Ireland.
The Laois TD said:
“The proposal of importing large quantities of biomass to use in power stations in Offaly and Longford was crazy. The carbon footprint on this source of energy would be enormous making a mockery of environmental responsibilities. I have previously raised this with senior management of Bord na Mona and repeatedly questioned the Minister on the proposal to build the US plant.
“To import the biomass instead of growing this here did not make sense from an environmental or local jobs perspective. It is welcome also the safe guarding of 2,100 Bord na Mona jobs. We must develop an indigenous biomass industry that uses sources of biomass such as willow. This will allow for jobs to be created in the Midlands, where the current peat plants are, to help increase our security of supply and lessen the importation of fossil fuels.
“While biomass in itself will not be the solution to our energy needs, it can form a part of a wide portfolio of renewable energy sources into our future. It is also an energy sources that can create much needed jobs in the midlands and provide an extra source of income for farmers.”