Ineos, which last month took over Team Sky, has been named Scotland’s biggest polluter. The news follows protests by cyclists earlier this month against the firm’s plans to close a road at its sprawling site at Grangemouth, near Falkirk.

The Daily Record reports(link is external) that companies owned by Ineos – which last month took over Team Sky, a move that environmental campaigners have described as ‘greenwashing’ – are responsible for a third of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by firms in Scotland with a statutory duty to report them.

Data from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency reveal that in total, companies in Scotland reported 11 million tons of emissions, principally carbon dioxide, during 2017, with Ineos subsidiaries alone responsible for 3.7 million tons.

Petroineos, which operates the oil refinery at Grangemouth, accounted for 1.6 million tons alone.

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