GlaxoSmithKline, the world’s 4th largest pharmaceuticals company, has been denied permission to install 15 Swan Tidal Turbines at the entrance to the Montrose Basin in east central Scotland. How is this a positive sustainability story you may ask…? Well, while it is arguable that GSK’s application to Marine Scotland could have had a more positive outcome, I would counter that the story is positive for the following reasons.
- The fact that major companies now believe in marine energy is fantastic, and will undoubtedly help generate investor interest in the technology.
- The Montrose Basin is an extremely important site for birds and marine wildlife, and ultimately one of the key drivers for shifting from fossil fuels to renewables is to protect such habitats. There would be more than a touch of irony if, for example, wind turbines installed at the North Pole made the area unsuitable for polar bears. There are plenty of alternative locations for tidal and wind turbines.
Read the full story here http://renews.biz/marine-scotland-sinks-gsk-tidal/.