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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Report finds EU Biomass policies are fuelling land-grabbing in the global South

Report finds EU Biomass policies are fuelling land-grabbing in the global South

9th June 2014 – A new report published today [1] by campaign group Biofuelwatch [2] shows that the growing demand for wood created by UK and EU biomass policies is fuelling land-grabs in Africa and South America. Despite finding that nearly all of the wood imported by the UK and other EU countries for bioenergy comes from North America and elsewhere in Europe, including Russia, the report shows that companies are taking advantage of the expectations raised by bioenergy policies in order to acquire large tracts of land in the global South. Continue reading Report finds EU Biomass policies are fuelling land-grabbing in the global South

Semi naked Anti Biomess protesters Occupy Avonmouth Port site

Bristol Rising Tide press release taken from Bristol Indymedia:

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This morning 10 people entered the site of the proposed Helius wood fired Biomass Power Plant, spelling out the message ‘no biomess’ in body paint on their naked torsos.

The Pro renewable energy campaigners from Bristol Rising Tide breached Port security at 9.50 am on land next to St Andrews Road Station.

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Anti-biomass and coal Campaigners disrupt Drax AGM and call for UK’s most polluting power station to close

For immediate use Wednesday 23rd April 2014

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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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