Residents and environmental campaigners to protest against ‘dirty and unsustainable’ biomass gasifier plans for Avonmouth

Residents and environmental campaigners to protest against ‘dirty and unsustainable’ biomass gasifier plans for Avonmouth

For immediate release 3rd November 2014

Bristol City Councillors are to be met by air pollution and environmental protesters before Wednesday’s Development Committee meeting. The meeting will decide the fate of Nexterra and Balfour Beatty’s planning application for a biomass gasifier in Avonmouth. Avon Coalition Against Big Biofuels [1] is organising a peaceful protest against the proposed gasifier in advance of the decision. Some of the protesters will be wearing dust masks to illustrate the threats of increased air pollution and wood dust exposure in an already heavily polluted area.

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Green Bank targeted at anniversary event over finance for dirty energy projects

Biofuelwatch press release – for immediate use

Green Bank targeted at anniversary event over finance for dirty energy projects

Photos available here:
http://www.demotix.com/news/6132918/london-owls-biomass-protest-green-investment-banks-birthday#media-6132860

Campaigners held a rowdy demonstration at the Green Investment Bank’s 2nd anniversary event last night, where Business Secretary Vince Cable delivered a keynote speech. The 25 protesters were angry at recent loans to big biomass and waste incineration projects, and called on it to ditch similar investments in the future. Over 1,500 people have also written to Green Bank chair Lord Smith this week calling on him to promise not to finance the construction of what will be by far the UK’s biggest dedicated biomass power station. [1]

“First the GIB provided the money to keep the UK’s largest power station open, then it funded a host of dirty biomass and waste incineration projects” said Duncan Law, Biofuelwatch [2] Campaigner. “Now we’re worried that the bank will turn to MGT Power’s huge biomass plant, which has been struggling to find finance for 5 years now. The GIB could be make or break for this project, and 1,500 people have just told the GIB to break it. Big biomass causes forest destruction, air pollution and vast carbon emissions, and the Green Bank should steer well clear of projects like MGT’s.”

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Groups across the US denounce “National Bioenergy Day” as a dirty sham

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2014

Groups across the US denounce “National Bioenergy Day” as a dirty sham

From: Biofuelwatch, Dogwood Alliance, Energy Justice Network, Partnership for Policy Integrity, Save America’s Forests, and Global Justice Ecology Project

Groups around the United States denounce the Biomass Power Association, Biomass Thermal Energy Council and their industry partners’ designation of this date as “National Bioenergy Day.” Pointing to growing opposition to bioenergy facilities around the nation and the world, they say burning trees, contaminated wastes, and garbage is grossly and dangerously misrepresented by industry advocates as “clean, green, and carbon neutral.” The groups point out that biomass power pumps more CO2 into the atmosphere than even coal, along with comparable amounts of toxic air pollution, while also posing new threats to forests, ecosystems, and our health.

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On Columbus Day, Native Peoples condemn GE trees as another form of colonization

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Campaign to STOP GE Trees

Press Release: 13 October 2014

Indigenous Peoples Unite to Stop Genetically Engineered Trees
GE Trees: Another Form of Colonization

Qualla Boundary, North Carolina – In the shadow of Columbus Day and the legacy of colonization in the Americas, the Indigenous Environmental Network [1] and Eastern Band of Cherokee community members organized a gathering of Indigenous Peoples from across the Southeastern US for an historic Indigenous Peoples’ action camp against genetically engineered trees (GE trees). Participants condemned GE trees as a form of colonization of the forest.

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NGOs: Greater GIB powers should come with greener responsibility

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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Groups unite to call on Brazil to deny application to legalize genetically engineered eucalyptus trees

Groups unite to call on Brazil to deny application to legalize genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, joint press release by STOP GE Trees, which includes Biofuelwatch, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, EcoNexus, Friends of the Earth Melbourne, Global Justice Ecology Project, Indigenous Environmental Network and World Rainforest Movement

Groups globally mobilize to stop commercial release of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in Brazil and US

Groups globally mobilize to stop commercial release of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in Brazil and US, Press release by the Stop GE Trees Campaign, supported by Biofuelwatch (US-UK), Canadian Biotechnology Action Network,, EcoNexus, Indigenous Environmental Network, World Rainforest Movement, Friends of the Earth Melbourne and Global Justice Ecology Project

 

Campaigners say “End subsidies for polluting biomass now” as DECC publishes controversial biomass carbon calculator

Campaigners say “End subsidies for polluting biomass now” as DECC publishes controversial biomass carbon calculator

Photo: Dogwood Alliance

Photo: Dogwood Alliance

The Department for Energy and Climate Change have today published a long-awaited carbon calculator for biomass electricity, [1] which has been twice delayed in recent months. The calculator is the work of Chief Scientific Advisor Professor David MacKay, and highlights how burning whole trees, or roundwood, in power stations produces more carbon emissions than burning coal. Significantly, the report shows that Drax power station’s sourcing of wood from diverse wetland forests in the southern US will result in increased carbon emissions, despite the company’s claim that the fuel is low-carbon. [2]

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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

Photographs available here: http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2014/london-gib-photos/

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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