IPCC support for “false solutions” denounced by climate justice activists

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” [1]. Climate, energy and social justice groups [2] 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

DECC announced as winner of Biomess Award as major biomass industry conference is targeted by environmentalists

For immediate use Thursday 10th April 2014

Media Contacts: Oliver Munnion on 07917693337 or oli.munnion@biofuelwatch.org.uk

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 [1], 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”.

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Biomass Conversion is the Wrong Direction for Ireland

Considering a Moneypoint Biomass Conversion is the Wrong Direction for Ireland, US and UK environmental groups warn -Switch to Biomass Would Endanger Southern U.S. Forests, Increase Carbon Emissions and Harm Communities in Ireland and Abroad, joint Press Release by Dogwood Alliance and Biofuelwatch

 

DECC to be announced as winner of Biomess Award as campaigners target major biomass industry conference today

Please note: Last minute venue change for ‪#‎biomessawards‬ – please meet at 7pm at Grange St Paul’s Hotel, 10 Godliman St, EC4V 5AJ – just south of St Pauls, in from Café Rouge

 

Media Contacts: Oliver Munnion on 07917693337 or oli.munnion@biofuelwatch.org.uk
At the awards ceremony – Maryla Hart 07793319141

Photographs will be available from our website shortly after the event http://biofuelwatch.org.uk/

DECC to be announced as winner of Biomess Award as campaigners target major biomass industry conference today

Environmental Campaigners have announced that the Department for Energy and Climate Change have come out on top of an online poll coinciding with a major biomass industry conference in London [1], with Drax Plc and the Green Investment Bank coming a close second and third place. The award for forest destruction will be presented at an alternative awards ceremony which will be held outside a gala dinner for delegates tonight from 19:00.

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Failed investment in biomass calls industry into question

Failed investment in biomass calls industry into question: Bad news for biomass industry: failed investment marks a sobering conclusion to annual industry event in Florida

Joint Press release by Biofuelwatch, Dogwood Alliance and Global Justice Ecology Project

Forth Energy drops all biomass plans in Scotland – campaigners welcome news but issue warning to new developers

Biofuelwatch media release – for immediate use 27th March 2014

Media contact: Oliver Munnion 07917693337

Forth Energy drops all biomass plans in Scotland – campaigners welcome news but issue warning to new developers

Forth Energy, formerly a joint venture between Forth Ports and SSE, have confirmed that they are dropping plans to build their consented 100MWe biomass power stations in Grangemouth and Rosyth, as well as withdrawing plans for a similar plant in Dundee. [1] Campaigners and community members have expressed their joy at hearing the announcement. Whilst Forth Energy will now be looking to sell their consents at Grangemouth and Rosyth on to other developers, campaigners are warning that any new attempts to revive the plans will be fiercely opposed.

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Biomass industry “playing with fire” say campaigners as Ironbridge power station suffers blaze

Biofuelwatch media release – for immediate use 4th February 2014

Media contacts:
Almuth Ernsting – 01316232600
Duncan Law – 07958635181

Biomass industry “playing with fire” say campaigners as Ironbridge power station suffers blaze

Today’s fire at Ironbridge biomass power station [1] adds to the growing list of converted biomass power stations that have suffered major fires in recent years. Of three coal-to biomass conversions so-far undertaken in the UK, two have now experienced serious fires. In February 2012, wood pellet dust combusted at Tilbury power station in Essex, the UK’s first conversion, causing a major fire and resulting in shut-down for several months. It was subsequently closed permanently. [2]

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“Scottish Government’s Rosyth Biomass approval a betrayal of promises” say campaigners

Biofuelwatch & Friends of the Earth Scotland media release – for immediate use 27th January 2014

Media contacts:
Biofuelwatch – Oliver Munnion 07917693337
Friends of the Earth Scotland – Lisa Trainer on 0131 243 2715

“Scottish Government’s Rosyth Biomass approval a betrayal of promises” say campaigners

Scottish Ministers announced their approval of Forth Energy’s 100MW biomass power station in Rosyth on Friday. [1] The announcement has been met with dismay from campaigners, who say that the plant is a betrayal of rules put in place to limit the impact of biomass power stations and that it will cause more forest destruction, carbon emissions and local air pollution. [2] The plant will burn 1 million tonnes of wood each year, most of it to be imported from the Americas. [3]

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South West Extreme Energy Gathering Media Release

Biomass, Fracking and Anti-nuclear campaigner are getting together to share ideas, resources and campaign energy in Bristol on Saturday 1 February. It will focus on action planning.

See media release here

See flier here

Coal and biomass campaigners hit out at DECC “greenwash” over Drax conversion

Joint press release by: Biofuelwatch, London Mining Network, Friends of the Earth, Colombia Solidarity Campaign & Coal Action Network. For immediate use Monday 16th December 2013.

Coal and biomass campaigners hit out at DECC “greenwash” over Drax conversion

Available to download here

Media contacts: Oliver Munnion, Biofuelwatch – 07917 693337
Richard Solly, London Mining Network – 07903 851695
Kenneth Richter, Friends of the Earth – 020 7566 1671

Campaigners representing groups working on issues of opencast coal and biomass have jointly called on DECC today to end to subsidies and industry support for Drax Power Station. The statement follows an announcement by DECC and Drax Plc claiming that “Britain’s largest coal-fired power station is set to become one of Europe’s biggest renewable electricity generators, with the potential for new future generation on the site to be based on truly clean coal.” [1]

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