Local Community Voices Concerns Over Carbon Capture Plans On London Nature Reserve

Local Community Voices Concerns Over Carbon Capture Plans On London Nature Reserve - Carbon Herald
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Plans for two carbon capture plants on the Crossness Nature Reserve in Bexley have sparked concerns regarding potential harm to wildlife among the local community, the BBC has reported.

The reserve, which is a crucial part of the last remaining grazing marshes in South East London, is facing the prospect of losing six acres of habitat to accommodate the carbon capture facilities.

The Cory Group, responsible for waste processing facilities in the area, aims to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from these plants, emphasizing their commitment to being “carbon negative overall” and aligning with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

The waste facilities are anticipated to process 1.5 million tons of non-recyclable waste annually, with the new carbon capture plants targeting 1.3 million tons of CO2 emissions.

However, the local community, represented by nature charity CPRE, The Countryside Charity, and residents like Laurence Pinturaunt, 61, has expressed anger and worry over the potential ecological impact, the BBC said.

Ms. Pinturaunt highlighted the significance of the marshes, describing them as vital habitats for water invertebrates, water voles, kingfishers, and migratory birds.

She emphasized the concerns that the project could lead to the contamination of local waterways and the irreversible loss of biodiversity in the nature reserve.

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With over 600 members regularly visiting Crossness for activities such as birdwatching, jogging, and horse grazing, the community fears the project may compromise the area’s ecological integrity.

Ms. Pinturaunt also questioned the effectiveness of carbon capture plants, expressing worries that they might become a burdensome “white elephant” for the local community.

In response, Richard Wilkinson, project director at Cory Group, acknowledged the challenges of such an ambitious project but assured residents that the development will result in a net increase in the Crossness Nature Reserve’s green space.

He emphasized ongoing consultations with key stakeholders to address concerns and ensure a balanced approach to the project’s impact on both the environment and the community.

Read more: Cory To Build The World’s Largest Carbon Capture Plant For Energy From Waste

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