Response to Drax’s BECCS Consultation

Biofuelwatch submitted the following in response to Drax’s statutory consultation on BECCS:

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are writing in response to the statutory consultation about the Drax Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage Project proposal. We feel there is some key information missing that we believe must be addressed in the Environmental Information Report:

We believe that the Environmental Information Report must address impacts of all amine degradation products on public health as well as those on air quality.

We note with concern that the information provided about amine degradation products relies on manufacturer information from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (6.4.35 of the air quality section of the PEIR). We believe that real world data verifying MHI’s findings should be provided, based on data from relevant trials, given that this particular amine solvent – KS-21 – is newly developed and may therefore have different properties from amine solvents used elsewhere.

We can see no data about the expected conversion efficiency of the two biomass units once operating with carbon capture. We would ask for relevant data to be set out in the final Environmental Information Report.

Yours faithfully,

Katy Brown