By Oliver Hall
Michelin tyres have been unmasked as one of the worst climate offenders in Scotland, according to an environmental agency report.
The French tyres manufacturer was named as one of 100 polluters, including Scottish Power, BP and Shell, by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) guilty of producing the most global warming gases in 2008.
The list of shame also includes famous distilleries, food companies, chemical plants, sewage works, glass manufacturers and the nuclear submarine bases on the Clyde.
Emissions from ScottishPower’s Cockenzie coal-fired power station in East Lothian have leapt 60% from 2.8 million tonnes in 2005 to 4.45 million tonnes last year.
But it is still second in the pollution league to ScottishPower’s other coal plant at Longannet in Fife, where emissions were nearly six million tonnes – a 30% drop compared to 2005.
Dr Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland, said: “Scotland has the best climate change laws in the world but these figures show that we have a long way to go to meet our own tough targets.”
Duncan McLaren, chief executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “While our top priority must be to ensure new renewable energy capacity replaces carbon dinosaurs like Cockenzie, other sectors such as waste must be targeted too.”