Campaigners are calling for an Edinburgh-based firm to be excluded from future rounds of renewable leasing amid concerns about the impact a project by its parent company is having on critically-endangered orangutans. Mighty Earth has written to Scottish Net Zero and Energy Secretary Mairi McAllan claiming that Red Rock Power is “unfit” to bid for new wind farm leases until its parent company ends a controversial dam project.
The Chinese State Development and Investment Corporation (SDIC) is currently building the Batang Toru dam in Indonesia, with the project said to be sited in the heart of the rare Tapanuli orangutan’s natural habitat. With no more than 800 of the creatures left in existence, the Tapanuli orangutan has been described by the World Wildlife Fund as the most endangered of all great apes.

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