Clearcutting of coastal native hardwood forests in North Carolina – Drax is burning pellets from native forest logging in this region. Photo: Dogwood Alliance
Campaigners have reacted angrily to Government announcements on Wednesday setting out increased support for new biomass power capacity through “strike prices”.  High levels of long-term subsidies have been guaranteed for the partial conversion of Drax and Eggborough Power stations to biomass (allowing both to avoid having to shut down), for the biomass conversion of the currently closed Lynemouth Power station and for a large new biomass plant proposed by MGT Power at Teesside Port. Coal to biomass conversion strike price is £105 p MWh. Dedicated biomass will get £125 p MWh guaranteed.
MGT Power’s plans have already been implicated in land-grabbing in Brazil for eucalyptus plantations,  whilst Drax has been shown to have burnt pellets sourced from the clear-cutting of ancient wetland forests in the southern US.  Overall, further support was announced for more than 4GW of biomass capacity, which will see operators burning almost 30 million tonnes of green wood a year and receiving approximately £ 1 billion in subsidies for this annually.  Drax has already been guaranteed around £198 million in subsidies for biomass conversion under an existing subsidy scheme. 30 million tonnes of wood is equivalent to three times the UK’s total annual wood production. Continue reading New support for biomass electricity will mean more forest destruction and land-grabbing, say campaigners
BIOFUELWATCH MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE USE THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER
Media Contact: Oliver Munnion 07917693337
Link to report: http://biofuelwatch.org.uk/2013/chain-of-destruction/
Photographs available on webpage above & on request
Pdf version available here.
Biomass power station plans on Tyneside and Teesside causing land-grabbing in Brazil
A new report launched by Biofuelwatch  and authored by the World Rainforest Movement  and Brazilian group CEPEDES  reveals how an agreement signed between UK-based MGT Power and Brazilian Suzano Papel e Celulose has caused land-grabbing for eucalyptus plantations in the Brazilian state of Maranhão.
Continue reading Biomass power station plans on Tyneside and Teesside causing land-grabbing in Brazil
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Media Contact: Oliver Munnion 07917693337
Link to report & Executive Summary: http://biofuelwatch.org.uk/2013/chain-of-destruction/
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New report highlights land-grabbing and forest destruction caused by UK biomass demand
Biofuelwatch have launched a new report – Biomass: the Chain of Destruction – focusing on the human and environmental costs of biomass-focused UK renewable energy policy. The report includes the first ever study of a land-grab in Brazil for eucalyptus plantations directly linked to UK demand for wood pellets. The report also documents the impacts of Drax power station’s pellet demand, sourced from the destruction of ancient forests in the southern US and Canada. The report goes on to document the impacts suffered by communities in the UK living next to biomass infrastructure.
Continue reading New report highlights land-grabbing and forest destruction caused by UK biomass demand
Wood Bioenergy: Green Land Grabs for Renewable Energy, Joint Press Release by Global Forest Coalition and Biofuelwatch
International Day of Action Targets Monoculture Tree Plantations – Ban on Genetically Engineered Trees Demanded, Joint Press Release by Global Justice Ecology Project, Global Forest Coalition, Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees and Biofuelwatch
DECC’s revised biomass sustainability criteria are misleading and meaningless
Biofuelwatch media release – for immediate use 22nd August 2013
DECC’s new sustainability conditions for biomass electricity generation to receive Renewable Obligation subsidies fail to address ‘carbon debt’, ‘indirect land use change’ emissions or the impossibility of real sustainability certification in this industry as evidenced in Biofuelwatch’s report Sustainable Biomass – a modern myth