Nearly three weeks ago I wrote a blog about Ecotricity‘s plans to produce gas from grass – I wasn’t very impressed by them.
A few day’s ago a comment appeared on that post from Almuth Ernsting:
‘I’ve just written a short report about Ecotricity’s ‘green gas from grass’ plans for Biofuelwatch (before coming across this article). Based on figures contained in a peer-reviewed study which Ecotricity themselves cite in a planning application, they’d need 10.2 million hectares of land used to grow enough grass to replace current domestic gas use in the UK. Mark Avery is absolutely right: The competition with food would be enormous!‘
Almuth’s report uses slightly different figures than I did but comes to the same point – there is no way that Ecotricity‘s claim ‘Britain should have enough suitable land to supply the overwhelming majority of household heating using Green Gas Mills fed by grass – all without reducing Britain’s agricultural production.‘ can be believed.
This is a shame for at least three reasons:
- we should all want it to be true
- several organisations and individuals gave Ecotricity a form of endorsement for this plan which it does not deserve
- Ecotricity (who supply my electricity) has slumped in my estimation