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Meet the leader: Dorothy Thompson, Drax

21 Jun 2016

Drax, based in Selby, North Yorkshire, is at the centre of the government’s plans to move the UK away from coal-fired stations to more sustainable methods of power generation.

A decade ago, Drax was the UK’s leading emitter of carbon dioxide; now it is the Europe’s largest decarbonisation project. Chief executive Dorothy Thompson explains that Drax is not stopping there: “This year’s planned full conversion of a third unit will result in a carbon saving of 12 million tonnes per year – the equivalent of taking more than three million cars off our roads,” she says.

Dorothy Thompson of Drax talks about:

  • Why the future of Drax is green
  • The company’s transition to sustainable biomass
  • The long process of building up overseas biomass suppliers
  • Why biomass is essential if we are to meet the government’s target of taking coal out “off the system” by 2025

Read the full story here.


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