Are you going to or organising any Hustings in the run-up to the May 2015 General Elections? If so, here are questions you may want to ask:
1) “I am very concerned that a significant proportion of renewable electricity subsidies is going and promised to burning millions of tonnes of wood in inefficient power stations. The UK is already 80% dependent on wood imports for our total wood consumption and industry plans would require almost 6 times as much wood being burned for electricity as the UK produces in total every year. This poses a serious threat for forests worldwide and studies show that the carbon emissions are commonly worse than those from equivalent amounts of fossil fuel energy for a generation or longer. Would you be prepared to stand up for a reform on renewable energy subsidies to ensure that only low-carbon sustainable forms of renewables such as sustainable wind and solar power are supported?”
2) “I am deeply concerned about the impact of the government’s support for biomass on public health. Burning biomass in power stations is about as polluting as burning coal yet it attracts large renewable energy subsidies which I believe should be reserved for clean and sustainable forms of renewables such as sustainably sited wind and solar power. Would you back changes to renewable energy subsidies to ensure that this will happen in future?”
3) “Last year, DECC published a report co-authored by their then Scientific Advisor. That report made it clear that the government’s proposed greenhouse gas standards for biomass are deeply flawed and would allow bioenergy to be classed as ‘low carbon’ even if the overall carbon emissions will be higher than those from equivalent amounts of energy from coal for 20 years or longer. Clearly, the government’s plans for biomass standards will not protect forests and the climate. Would you be prepared to stand up for a reform on renewable energy subsidies to ensure that only low-carbon sustainabgle forms of renewables such as sustainable wind and solar power are supported?”
4) “I am concerned that the Green Investment Bank, set up to serve as a catalyst for low carbon green development has been handing loans to waste incinerators, highly inefficient biomass plants and even to Drax, allowing them to avoid closure under EU regulations by partly converting to biomass. US NGOs have published evidence that shows that Drax is burning pellets sourced from the clearcutting of highly biodiverse and carbon-rich swampt forests in the southern US – which is bad news for the climate and biodiversity. Will you support a change to the remit of the Green Investment Bank to ensure that such unsustainable schemes will not be financed by them in future?”
Biofuelwatch, London Mining Network and Corporate Watch press release for immediate use 19th February 2015
Campaigners warn Government against granting up to £1 billion of tax payers’ money for Drax carbon capture scheme
White Rose Coal Power plant with Carbon Capture and Storage dubbed “White Elephant” as similar US scheme collapses
The US Government has pulled the plug on a flagship carbon capture project on which they had already spent hundreds of millions of dollars.  Meanwhile, the UK Government is expected to make an imminent announcement of a grant of up to £1 billion to a similar coal power station ‘carbon capture’ project by a consortium including Drax plc, owners of the UK’s largest power station .
Continue reading Campaigners warn Government against granting up to £1 billion of tax payers’ money for Drax carbon capture scheme
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 // 11:00-13:00 // The Grocers’ Hall, Princes Street, London EC2R 8AD
Drax is the largest coal-fired power station and single biggest carbon emitter in the UK, and is now also the biggest biomass power station in the world. In return for trashing forests and digging up communities, Drax is receiving massive subsidies when it should have been closed down years ago. Join us in London in April for a lively protest to expose and oppose burning biomass and coal. For forests, communities and the climate, it’s time to #axedrax!
Please help us to publicise this event! Facebook event page here.
This year’s protest will coincide with Drax Plc’s AGM, which will happen on Wednesday 22nd April. Please consider joining the London Biomassive who meet regularly to plan and do.
To get involved in making #axedrax happen please fill in the form below. Your information will not be made public in any way.
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.
Please help spread the word via https://www.facebook.com/events/1004112519616395/
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
To find out more and to book your free ticket, please to to
Last 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.
Continue reading Avonmouth biomass gasifier plans defeated
NGOs: GREATER GIB POWERS SHOULD COME WITH GREENER RESPONSIBILITY
Ed 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  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.
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.  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. 
Continue reading Hundreds of groups call on Brazilian government to reject GE trees application by UK-registered company