The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is investigating a “major” accidental release of greenhouse gases at a meat processing plant in Perth.

The watchdog said it was the second largest accidental release in the world food and beverages sector in Europe.

SEPA discovered the release of F-gases from meat producer Anglo Beef Processors UK at its Inveralmond site when it submitted 2021 Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory (SPRI) data.

Fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) are a family of chemicals that contain fluorine. They are also powerful greenhouse gases that contribute climate change.

SEPA said that accidental release accounted for 87% of total hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions from all sectors in Scotland for 2021.

This has led to a significant increase of this pollutant (about 112%) compared to 2020.

SEPA’s Carbon Reduction, Energy and Industry team is investigating the cause of the release, which was linked to the site’s cooling system. Alternative cooling technologies are now installed on the site.

SEPA said it would determine whether enforcement action was necessary as a result of its findings.

Details of the accidental release emerged after SEPA published data from the Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory (SPRI) for 2021.



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