Pol­lu­tion lev­els slashed

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Week Civil War Hit SNP - By Mike Mer­ritt

GREEN­HOUSE gases emit­ted by Scot­tish in­dus­try have more than halved in a decade.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est an­nual mass pol­lu­tant re­leases pub­lished by the Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency (Sepa), the coun­try’s en­ergy is be­com­ing more sus­tain­able.

Green­house gas emis­sions have fallen by 57 per cent since 2007, when 26 mega­tons of pol­lu­tants were re­leased. Last year’s to­tal was 11 mega­tons. The big­gest drop came in 2016, when the last coal-fired power sta­tion in Scot­land, Lon­gan­net in Fife, closed. Gen­er­ally most pol­lu­tants de­creased in 2017 from 2016 val­ues and most long-term trends re­main down­ward.

Sepa chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry A’Hearn said: ‘The most suc­cess­ful coun­tries in the 21st cen­tury will func­tion within our planet’s means to sup­port us.

‘Whilst it’s en­cour­ag­ing to see green­house gases from Scot­tish in­dus­try at a ten-year low, fur­ther progress needs to be made.’

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