New or refurbished unabated (or even so-called ‘carbon capture ready’) coal fired power stations are the exemplar of why what matters is the cumulative amount of GHGs emitted. We estimate that over a 40 year or longer lifetime, a single coal plant the scale of Longannet could use 30-35% of Scotland’s total safe and fair carbon budget! Just one plant. This amendment ensures Ministers use powers at their discretion to set an emissions performance standard to new power stations.
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