Final Study: Kalama Methanol Plant a Net Positive Effect on Climate

Source: Katie Fairbanks, The Daily News, August 31, 2019.

The proposed $2 billion Kalama methanol plant would cause a net reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study released Friday morning.

The cradle-to-grave-analysis confirmed the basic conclusions of a draft version of the document released last fall.

The plant would release about 1.8 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, making it the 12th largest emitter in the state, according to the study. However, the plant would have a decrease of carbon emissions worldwide by displacing coal-based methanol production in Asia, the intended market. The project thus could reduce global carbon emissions by 13.7 millions tons annually.

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