Biofuelwatch media release – for immediate use Wednesday 25th June
Protesters target Green Bank Annual Review over dirty investments
Photographs available here: http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2014/london-gib-photos/
Environmental groups  staged a protest at the first of two Green Investment Bank (GIB) Annual Review events in London this morning. Campaigners criticised the GIB for investing almost £200 million into “dirty” energy projects this year, including biomass power stations and waste incinerators. Local residents and members of the Avonmouth Coalition Against Big Biofuels also presented GIB Chairman Lord Smith with an open letter  highlighting fears over GIB finance for a deeply unpopular biomass power station, which will require some 1 million tonnes of imported wood each year.
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18 organisations and individuals including three MSPs, Biofuelwatch, Friends of the Earth Scotland and residents of impacted areas, have published an open letter (see below) to the Green Investment Bank ahead of its Annual Review in Edinburgh this week. The letter calls on the GIB to revoke its loan to Drax Plc and to make commitments not to finance two consented big biomass power stations at Grangemouth and Rosyth, in Scotland.
Continue reading Open Letter to Green Bank calls for end to biomass investments
A new website has been created to allow concerned residents to record experiences of living next door to the UK’s biggest biomass power station.
In Markinch and Glenrothes in Scotland, the biggest biomass power station in the UK has recently reached completion. It is unknown what the impacts of this development will be on nearby communities over the long-term, with some members of the community already experiencing difficulties such as noise pollution.
While it is too late to prevent the plant from operating, it is not too late to make sure that the operator, RWE, is held accountable to the local community. Markinch Community Concerns was set up with support from Biofuelwatch for just this purpose. The aim being to make sure that RWE keep their promises and that SEPA continues to monitor the situation in the best interests of the people directly affected. Gathering a collective body of evidence will also allow members of the community to have a bigger impact on informing decision making in the future, rather than registering individual complaints.
The website encourages people experiencing impacts from the power station to share their stories and to register their complaint with SEPA. The site is supported by a facebook group.
You can visit the site here
Photo: Dogwood Alliance
+ Drax have been guaranteed subsidies for converting a second of their six coal power station units to biomass. Each converted unit will require pellets made from 5.5 million tonnes of wood  – that is wood from slow-growing whole trees, the only type of biomass that can be burned in converted power stations . They are already in receipt of subsidies for their first converted unit – £190 million a year at full capacity – and now they have been guaranteed at least £250 million a year for converting another unit.
+ RWE Npower have been guaranteed subsidies for converting the 420 MW Lynemouth Power Station to biomass. This woud require pellets made from 3.3 million tonnes of wood a year. RWE bought Lynemouth Power Station, complete with planning permission to convert, in late 2012; Continue reading DECC’s latest renewable electricity subsidy guarantees threaten forests, communities and climate
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
For immediate use Thursday 10th April 2014
Media Contacts: Oliver Munnion on 07917693337 or email@example.com
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 , 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 has come forward.
However Helius Energy, another biomass company, has now announced that they are in disucssion with the Green Investment Bank. Helius Energy wants 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!