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Wind farms and pristine/degraded peatlands

 
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marknorthfield



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:38 pm    Post subject: Wind farms and pristine/degraded peatlands Reply with quote

So to put this discussion where it should be...

The dramatic picture painted by the Mail and Telegraph (especially the latter with 'threatens the entire rationale of the onshore wind farm industry' - Andrew Gilligan sexing it up nicely there...) predictably turns out to be somewhat more nuanced according to the authors of the University of Aberdeen report.

http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2013/02/site-windfarms-carefully,-for-peats-sake

On the face of it, it looks like peatland is more of an issue in Scotland than England or Wales. However, I would be interested to know what percentage of planned wind farm developments in England and Wales are intended for pristine peatland, rather than the degraded stuff. (And are there differing variations of the latter?)

That disturbed pristine peatland contributes to carbon emissions is hardly a massive surprise, but all research of this type should be welcomed in order for us to make the best decisions about how to expand our wind generating capacity as quickly and effectively as possible.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Wind farms and pristine/degraded peatlands Reply with quote

marknorthfield wrote:
I would be interested to know what percentage of planned wind farm developments in England and Wales are intended for pristine peatland,

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Wind farms and pristine/degraded peatlands Reply with quote

biffvernon wrote:
marknorthfield wrote:
I would be interested to know what percentage of planned wind farm developments in England and Wales are intended for pristine peatland,

0%

Is the right answer.
Any EIA would automatically reject building a wind farm on pristine peatland as they are registered as Special Areas of Conservation
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