No such thing as ‘clean coal’

Clean coal technology like this is at work right now in a coal-fired power station near you

Energy companies putting in bids to run new coal-fired power stations have been quick to seize upon carbon capture and storage (CCS) as the ideal solution to their biggest problem – explaining why they’re so keen to return to using the dirtiest fossil-fuel possible at a time when we need to cut CO2 emissions dramatically to reign-in climate change.

For those of us still unsure just how CCS works at a modern coal plant, the kind folk at have put together this helpful video to explain the processes already in place to prevent harmfull greenhouse gases escaping during power generation.

So take a look if you have a spare couple of minutes
– it’s a fascinating insight into the realities behind the operation of a modern fossil-fuelled power station, and tells us a lot about how seriously utility companies take their responsibilities when it comes to tackling climate change.


More direct action against opencast coal

At 9am today (23 Feb 09) a group of eco-activists disrupted the operations of Scottish Coal at the Rosewell opencast coal mine in Midlothian. Some of the 10 activists stopping work today are local residents. They climbed onto digging machinery to prevent works and climbed onto trucks to prevent coal from leaving the Rosewell site for 2 hours this morning. Then police arrived but no-one was arrested.

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Banned in Denmark but OK here?

What would you do if you wanted to test carbon capture technology on dirty old coal but couldn’t do it in your own country? Yes, try it here in Scotland! According to an article in the Sunday Herald, the Hunterston proposal would not be permitted in Denmark because it causes too much climate-wrecking pollution. Environmentalists, experts and Danish politicians say that Dong Energy, based in Copenhagen, would not be allowed to build the kind of carbon-emitting plant it is proposing for the North Ayrshire port of Hunterston in its home country. But here in Scotland, we have a Government which thinks coal is great and a fuel of the future. Worse still, overall energy policy is reserved to Westminster, where hopes are hung not just on so-called clean coal but also on nuclear power. Houston – we have a problem… Continue reading

Ho, ho, ho – Santa invades E.On

With 7 new coal fired power stations planned across the UK, Santa Claus’s naughty list is longer than ever. So Santa and a group of jolly helpers started early this year at E.On’s Head Office. Unfortunately there were no presents in store! Only lumps of horrid coal for all their naughtiness. Here’s what happened…

SANC meets Culross residents

Telling it like it is - SANC pay a visit to Culross

In the shadow of Longannet - SANC pay a visit to Culross

On a chilly Saturday (29 November, to be exact), SANC went to meet the residents of Culross, a lovely village near to Longannet power station in Fife. In 4 hours we managed to survey 59 people – Culross is quite small and does not have a bustling shopping centre so we were delighted with 59! In summary, 86% were concerned about climate change; 59% knew coal was the dirtiest of the fossil fuels; 59% did not think that life of Longannet should be extended as is; and 81% preferred renewables over nuclear. The results weren’t a huge surprise – the main purpose was to make contact with those living near to Longannet. We hope to conduct similar surveys in other towns as it is a good way to meet people and understand their concerns.

Plans for new coal at Hunterston

Energy in Scotland is a bit of a conundrum. We have lots of renewables and the SNP-led Government is against nuclear power, so surely Scotland is THE place to showcase what a clean, low-energy future can look like? Sadly not, as on 20 November, plans were announced for a new conventional coal-fired power station next to Hunterston B, a nuclear power station in Ayrshire which is scheduled for shutdown in 2011. Is this really the best we can do?

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Treat us to renewables, don’t trick the climate with coal

SANC outside the HQ of Scottish Power

SANC outside the HQ of Scottish Power

Scotland Against New Coal’s public launch took place this morning at Atlantic Quay in Glasgow, where we played a Halloween game of ‘trick or treat’ at the headquarters of Scottish Power and handed out leaflets to members of the public and staff. Our message? No new coal of course. Scottish Power is currently considering upgrading Longannet Power Station in Fife. At a time when the need to cut carbon emissions is paramount to prevent catastrophic climate change, such a decision would lock Scotland into a damaging, carbon-dependent economy for another generation.
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