ICI plant dominates national N2O inventory

More than half of the UK's emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide originate from the nylon industry, according to a parliamentary answer by Environment Minister David Trippier.1 The source is an ICI plant on Teesside.

The N2O data are provisional estimates and are "very uncertain", said Mr Trippier. They were compiled for the Department of the Environment by Warren Spring Laboratory.

Nylon production was pinpointed as a major source of N2O only last year, when US scientists estimated that the global emission from this source was 700,000 tonnes per year (ENDS Report 194, pp 6-7). At the time ICI said that one of its plants on Te

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