Wind­farms and peat­lands

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – The re­lease of car­bon aris­ing from the de­struc­tion of peat­land around wind­farm de­vel­op­ments was high­lighted by Dr John Do­herty (De­cem­ber 7th). In Scot­land this is­sue has al­ready been ad­dressed and spa­tial plan­ning guid­ance is avail­able on the re­spon­si­ble lo­ca­tion of wind tur­bines on peat­lands. A car­bon as­sess­ment tool is also in place which can com­pare the car­bon costs of wind farm de­vel­op­ments with the car­bon sav­ings at­trib­ut­able to the wind farm, and this is re­quired as part of the plan­ning process. The plan­ning au­thor­i­ties here, in con­junc­tion with the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, should es­tab­lish sim­i­lar eval­u­a­tion pro­ce­dures in Ire­land. This could be done quite quickly by ex­am­in­ing the Scot­tish guid­ance. – Yours, etc, RICHARD COF­FEY, Terenure,

Dublin 6W.

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