Life cycle environmental impacts of UK shale gas
The Times carried this story earlier in the week:
Fracking ‘greener than solar panels’
The heavy metals and other elements used in the life cycle of solar panels gave them a high 'human toxicity' rating
Ben Webster Environment Editor
Published at 12:01AM, September 23 2014
Fracking to extract shale gas can be less environmentally damaging than installing solar panels or offshore wind turbines, a study has found.
The production of panels and turbines results in greater depletion of natural resources, toxicity to humans and impact on freshwater and marine organisms, according to the study by the University of Manchester.
The study assessed various environmental impacts of energy produced from different sources over their full life cycle, from “cradle to grave”, including the impact of extracting ores, for manufacturing, the construction and operation of power plants and their eventual decommissioning.
Fracking ‘greener than solar panels’ | The Times
The fracking industry has been very interested of course:
Is fracking greener than solar and wind? - Shale Gas News Today
Labour Party conference told fracking can be greener than solar power > Data > Research | Click Green
However, research from the Guardian suggests the picture is much more nuanced:
Is fracking greener than solar power and wind turbines? | Environment | theguardian.com