The Argus Biomass 2018 conference (17th – 19th April) is billed as “the largest international biomass conference [which] brings together the global market”. Speakers will include representatives of Drax – whose Yorkshire power station burns more wood than any other plant in the world as well as still being a top coal burner in the UK – and Drax’s supplier Enviva, which have been shown to source wood from clearcut biodiverse coastal hardwood forests in the southeastern US. There will also be representatives of the European Commission and of other companies importing huge quantities of wood pellets to burn in coal power stations (Ørsted, RWE, Engie), and of other companies and industry associations which are turning precious forests into fuel (Graanul Invest, Wood Pellet Association of Canada).
We plan to meet and greet the delegates with a masked ball forest flashmob. As they start drinking and networking on the Wednesday evening we’ll gather outside in black evening wear and primordial masks to uncover the truth behind the luxury greenwash veneer.
They’re banking on not getting exposed. So grab your glitz, leave the masks to us, and join us for half an hour of elegant revelations.
Meet 5pm for a 5:15pm start by the red carpeted back entrance of the Landmark hotel on Melcombe Place next to Marylebone Station, London NW1 6JQ.
There is a Facebook event for the flashmob at https://www.facebook.com/events/338266710000983/ – please share.
To find out more about what’s wrong with big biomass and why this protest is so important, see our biomass basics page. And to find out more about wood pellets and their impact on forests, see our introduction to pellets.
If you wish you could go to this demo but are in the north of England, you could consider going to the Axe Drax Annual General Meeting protest a week later (April 25th) in York. More info on this facebook event.by