The European Environment Agency TERM 2003 27 EEA 31 estimated freight transport carbon dioxide amounts as below (taken from http://www.biomassenergycentre.org.uk website )
- Maritime figures are by far the most economical way to transport the fuel but consideration of how far the biomass fuel has traveled prior to port arrival also needs to be factored in.
- Overall distances need to be compared for example a 10 mile trip from the New Forest would be preferable to a 1000 mile ocean voyage as the new forest trip would cause 1231 tonnes per kilogram of CO2 and the other 13900 tonne per kg - and again this is assuming there is a supply at the source port and no transport was involved in getting the biomass fuel to the port in the first place.
It is for this reason this project can't be deemed a "green project" without cast iron information on the Biomass source and the carbon footprint of obtaining the biomass fuel..
As this project already states the majority of Biomass will come in via port where are the proposed sources of this fuel and what are the figures for the transport of this fuel to the Southampton Biomass Power project?