FOLLOWING the report in the Gazette last week about the proposed biofuels plant in Southall, readers may have been surprised by the divergence of views. We would like to briefly add some points to make our position clearer.
The use of biofuels is a very complex issue. Depending on how and where the crops are grown and processed, there can, unfortunately, be surprisingly negative consequences.
For this reason the Green Party is seeking a moratorium on large scale production of crops for fuel until further research has been done to explore the full impacts - locally and internationally.
Meanwhile, we support the use of various other renewable fuels, including waste cooking oil, for example.
We would like to clarify that we do support the use of local combined heat and power generators, as they can be very efficient.
However, the company is proposing a relatively large plant, and there are obvious concerns about air quality, which is dangerously poor already.
We believe that new emissions should not be allowed until pollution from other sources, such as vehicles, is reduced.
The spokesperson for Blue NG made it sound as if biofuels were the only alternative to nuclear power or oil.
In fact, there are many forms of renewable energy, including wind, wave, solar and tidal power. Investment in such technologies has been pitifully low.
Whatever is decided about this power plant, the buildings on the Southall gasworks site should be developed using the highest standards of energy efficiency.
It should also fully incorporate other forms of renewable energy, such as solar panels.
SARAH EDWARDS Ealing Green Party 131 Rusthall Avenue