Drax AGM Protest: No to Coal and Biomass, 23rd April
Campaigners disrupted the Drax AGM by unfurling a banner reading “No to biomass and coal – shut down Drax” and and accusing company directors of misleading the public over claims that their biomass conversion is low-carbon, renewable energy. Others were holding a simultaneous banner protest outside.
See here for the press release with more details.
Big Bike Bash Against Industrial Biomass in Bristol, 12th April
This 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
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
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 .
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.
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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” . Climate, energy and social justice groups  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
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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 , 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
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!