Public Meeting (London, 5/2): Biomass and Coal – Burning the Future

Tickets are free but please book via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment!

We will have a speaker from a US alliance of conservation organisations that are campaigning against the destruction of their country’s forests to produce pellets for Drax and other UK power stations. In the southern US, remnants of highly biodiverse and carbon rich wetland forests are being destroyed for pellet production. And Richard Solly from the London Mining Network will report back from his recent visit to the world’s largest opencast mine in Colombia, Cerrejon, a mine linked to brutal evictions, pollutions and malnutrition amongst local communities. Drax burns coal from Cerrejon and wood pellets from the southern US.

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Energy for the future – is policy fit for purpose – Debate between Secretary of State Ed Davey and Duncan Law from Biofuelwatch

On Friday, 6th February, Transition Town Kingston are hosting a debate on Energy Policy between Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (and the local MP) and Duncan Law from Biofuelwatch:

TTK host a discussion: “Energy for the future – is policy fit for purpose?”

Where? Kingston Workmen’s Club, 25 Old London Road, Town Centre, KT2 6ND 

When? Friday 6th February, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

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Avonmouth biomass gasifier plans defeated

avonmouth_biomass_city_hall_protest-1415228192Last night campaigners won a significant victory in their battle to stop a highly inefficient and polluting biomass gasifier in Avonmouth. Bristol City Councillors voted to reject Nexterra and Balfour Beatty’s planning application, despite it having been recommended for approval.

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Biofuelwatch briefing about the biomass plant proposed for Perth by Almondbank Park Power

Almondbank Power’s proposed biomass power plant in Perth: A high-risk experimental technology for burning trees

NGOs: Greater GIB powers should come with greener responsibility

GIBwasteEd Miliband has called for the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to have “real powers to borrow and attract investment”.  The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) and Biofuelwatch [1] have responded by saying that any increase in funding or powers for the GIB should be linked to a responsibility to be greener in their investments.

Hundreds of groups call on Brazilian government to reject GE trees application by UK-registered company

Biofuelwatch & Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees press release – for immediate use Thursday 4th September 2014

Hundreds of groups call on Brazilian government to reject GE trees application by UK-registered company

Social and ecological justice organizations from around the world have signed two letters [1, 2] addressed to the Brazilian government calling on it to reject an application by UK-registered FuturaGene to plant the world’s first commercial-scale genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus plantations. [3] FuturaGene is owned by Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano, which was exposed last year for causing land conflicts over eucalyptus plantations linked to wood pellet exports to UK biomass power stations. [4]

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Protesters target Green Bank Annual Review over dirty investments

Biofuelwatch media release – for immediate use Wednesday 25th June

Protesters target Green Bank Annual Review over dirty investments

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Environmental groups [1] 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 [2] 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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Open Letter to Green Bank calls for end to biomass investments

briefcase18 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.

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Recording community opposition to big biomass projects

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.

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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

Video by Reel News: Biomass Emergency

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