April Protests Against Big Biomass in the UK

Note: Our protest outside the Drax AGM is still to come on Wednesday, 23rd April, 12 noon in London – for details please click here

Big Bike Bash Against Industrial Biomass in Bristol, 12th April 

ThBristol Bike Bash Agaist Big Biomass - photo: Michael Lloydis Bike Ride protest was organised by Avon Coalition Against Big Biofuels.

Bristol Bike Bash Agaist Big Biomass – photo: Michael Lloyd

 

 

For more photos see : https://www.flickr.com/photos/123175252@N04/with/13833560823/

Biomess Awards, 9th April 2014

Awards2DECC are awarded the Biomess Award

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DECC are announced winner of the Biomess Award as major biomass industry conference is targeted by protest -

Read Press Release here 

Watch short videos of the protest here, here, here and here

Drax AGM 2014 – No to coal and biomass!

23rd April // 12:00 // The Grocers’ Hall, Princes Street, London EC2R 8AD

Drax power station in Yorkshire is converting 3 of its 6 units to run on biomass. Since its last AGM it has converted and opened one unit and burned up to 5.5 million tonnes of green wood (mostly imported) – that’s equivalent to more than half of the UK’s annual wood production. At full capacity this unit alone will have netted them £190 million in subsidies. When all 3 units are converted they’ll be looking at almost £700 million a year – paid for through our increased fuel bills. What’s more, Drax’s conversion actually allows it to burn more coal long into the future. Even after the conversion they’ll be burning some 3.7 million tonnes of coal every year from opencast mines in the UK and imported from places like Colombia, where communities have been forced off their land for expanding mines.

Come along to our Drax AGM protest at 12 noon to call for an end to big biomass and coal, an end to subsidies that allow operators like Drax to keep profiting from destruction, and for genuinely climate and people-friendly alternatives. The protest will be outside the Grocers’ Hall, Princes Street, London EC2R 8AD where Drax’s AGM will be held.

Please help to invite others, including by inviting them to join via www.facebook.com/events/640772895978516/ and by tweeting with #draxprotest .

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To find out more about our other campaigns such as our efforts to stop more Green Bank funding for biomass see Banking on Big Biomass and for more information on coal-biomass conversions see our campaign page Coal-Biomass Conversions.

Please help us spread the word through our Facebook events page.

The following groups are supporting our Drax AGM protest:

Will your group lend its support too? If so please email us on biofuelwatch@ymail.org.uk.

 

IPCC support for “false solutions” denounced by climate justice activists

IPCC support for “false solutions” denounced by climate justice activists, Joint Press release by Biofuelwatch, Ecologistas en Accion, Econexus, ETC Group, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Global Forest Coalition, Global Justice Ecology Project, Rainforest Rescue/Salva la Selva, Sobrevivencia (Friends of the Earth Paraguay), Timberwatch, World Rainforest Movement

13th April 2014 – Today, the IPCC Working Group on Mitigation of Climate Change released its Summary for Policy Makers” [1]. Climate, energy and social justice groups [2] commend the IPCC for clearly acknowledging the close link between economic growth and increased greenhouse gas emissions but warn that the report falls far short on translating this insight into meaningful, holistic and bold pathways to mitigation. They point to the disproportionate influence of economists, engineers and environmental managers, and a dearth of climate scientists, ecologists or other experts from key relevant disciplines in the group. Continue reading IPCC support for “false solutions” denounced by climate justice activists

DECC announced as winner of Biomess Award as major biomass industry conference is targeted by environmentalists

For immediate use Thursday 10th April 2014

Media Contacts: Oliver Munnion on 07917693337 or oli.munnion@biofuelwatch.org.uk

Photographs available here: http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/biomess-awards/biomess-awardsphotos/

DECC announced as winner of Biomess Award as major biomass industry conference is targeted by environmentalists

Campaigners have awarded the Department for Energy and Climate Change the “Biomess Award” after coming out on top of an online poll coinciding with a major biomass industry conference in London [1], with Drax Plc and the Green Investment Bank coming a close second and third place. The award for forest destruction was made at an alternative awards ceremony held last night outside a gala dinner for delegates. After a last-minute change of venue the dinner took place at the conference venue, Grange St Paul’s Hotel. 40 people held banners reading “Big Biomass fuels: Deforestation, Landgrabbing & Climate Change” and “Big Biomass is greenwash not renewable energy”.

Continue reading DECC announced as winner of Biomess Award as major biomass industry conference is targeted by environmentalists

Biomass Conversion is the Wrong Direction for Ireland

Considering a Moneypoint Biomass Conversion is the Wrong Direction for Ireland, US and UK environmental groups warn -Switch to Biomass Would Endanger Southern U.S. Forests, Increase Carbon Emissions and Harm Communities in Ireland and Abroad, joint Press Release by Dogwood Alliance and Biofuelwatch

 

Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal

Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal, by Mary S. Booth, Partnership for Policy Integrity

Failed investment in biomass calls industry into question

Failed investment in biomass calls industry into question: Bad news for biomass industry: failed investment marks a sobering conclusion to annual industry event in Florida

Joint Press release by Biofuelwatch, Dogwood Alliance and Global Justice Ecology Project

Green Investment Bank: Don’t fund forest-destroying and polluting biomass in Avonmouth!

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Over 1,100 people previously called on the Green Investment Bank (GIB) not to finance large forest-destroying and polluting biomass power stations by Forth Energy in Scotland.  On 27th March, Forth Energy announced that they are no longer proceeding with their biomass plans.  They are trying to find another company that might want to develop two of their proposed power stations instead, but so far none have come forward.

However Helius Energy, another biomass company, has now announced that they are in disucssion with the Green Investment Bank. Helius Energy want to build a large biomass power station in Avonmouth, near Bristol, which would burn around 1 million tonnes of imported wood every year.  There is an active local campaign against Helius’ plans in Avonmouth and local people are deeply concerned about the effects such a power station would have on their health, as well as about the destruction it would cause to forests abroad.  Avonmouth already suffers from high levels of air pollution as well as wood dust exposure, which is linked to cancer. Continue reading Green Investment Bank: Don’t fund forest-destroying and polluting biomass in Avonmouth!

Forth Energy drops all biomass plans in Scotland – campaigners welcome news but issue warning to new developers

Biofuelwatch media release – for immediate use 27th March 2014

Media contact: Oliver Munnion 07917693337

Forth Energy drops all biomass plans in Scotland – campaigners welcome news but issue warning to new developers

Forth Energy, formerly a joint venture between Forth Ports and SSE, have confirmed that they are dropping plans to build their consented 100MWe biomass power stations in Grangemouth and Rosyth, as well as withdrawing plans for a similar plant in Dundee. [1] Campaigners and community members have expressed their joy at hearing the announcement. Whilst Forth Energy will now be looking to sell their consents at Grangemouth and Rosyth on to other developers, campaigners are warning that any new attempts to revive the plans will be fiercely opposed.

Continue reading Forth Energy drops all biomass plans in Scotland – campaigners welcome news but issue warning to new developers

Fundraising appeal: Please support communities in Maranhao defending their lands from eucalyptus plantations

 

In the Brazilian state of Maranhão, communities, the livelihoods and land rights of traditional communities are under serious threat from large-scale eucalyptus plantations.  Those plantations are being expanded for pulp and paper, for charcoal production for pig iron and potentially to make wood pellets for Europe.  Maranhão’s Baixo Paranaiba region lies in the transition zone between the Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado savannah and supports high levels of biodiversity.  Communities have long been living in harmony with this ecosystem through harvesting fruits, practicing small-scale farming and cattle raising. They are trying to defend their land from being bulldozed and turned into plantations.  In some cases, communities have managed to stop land-grabs by standing in front of bulldozers.  However, successful projects that allow communities to diversify agricultural production and increase their incomes in a truly sustainable way are just as vital if they are to protect their lands and the region’s rich ecosystem.

Please help the communities with a donation which will go towards community projects that receive support from a local organization (Carajás Forum), an organization that is also actively involved in the support of the land struggle of these communities against Suzano.  All money collected by Biofuelwatch through this appeal will be sent to the Carajás Forum. The World Rainforest Movement will together with the Carajás Forum monitor the implementation of the projects.   A detailed report about the situation in the Baixo Paranaibo region can be downloaded here.

Continue reading Fundraising appeal: Please support communities in Maranhao defending their lands from eucalyptus plantations