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The Courier Debates: Dundee biomass

1 May 2013

Dr Joe Akunna, from the University of Abertay Dundee, will be taking part in The Courier’s debate about Dundee’s proposed biomass plant tonight (Wednesday, May 1).

The debate has been arranged for local people to ask questions and find out more about the proposal, which has proved controversial.

Although Forth Energy, the company behind the scheme, have said that pollution from the plant would be negligible, this assertion has been contested by environmentalists and many people in the local community.

The aim of the debate is to inform local residents of the likely effects of the proposed plant, and Dr Akunna will be on the panel to answer questions related to how the technology behind the proposed woodchip-burning energy-plant would work.

Dr Akunna is Reader in Environmental Engineering at Abertay University and specialises, among other things, in the treatment and management of pollution arising from industrial activities.

He will be on the panel, alongside a range of other experts:

The environmental argument against the proposal will be put forward by Andrew Llanwarne – Co-ordinator of Friends of the Earth in Tayside – who has questioned the plant’s green credentials.

Sandra Burke – Chief Executive of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce – will address the question of whether the plant will put Dundee on the map as a centre for the renewables industry and whether it will help boost the city’s economy.

Professor Andrew Watterstone – Director of Public Health and Population Health Research at Stirling University – will be there to answer the public health questions.

And, arguing in favour of the proposal, will be Calum Wilson – Managing Director of Forth Energy.

The debate will begin at 7pm in the Gardyne Theatre on Wednesday, May 1 and will be chaired by Steve Bargeton, Deputy Editor of The Courier.


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