23rd April // London (Princes Street entrance to The Grocers’ Hall, Princes Street, London EC2R 8AD), More details, including time of the protest to follow
Drax power station in Yorkshire is converting 3 of its 6 units to run on biomass. Since its last AGM it has converted and opened one unit and burned up to 5.5 million tonnes of green wood (mostly imported) – that’s equivalent to more than half of the UK’s annual wood production. At full capacity this unit alone will have netted them £190 million in subsidies. When all 3 units are converted they’ll be looking at almost £700 million a year – paid for through our increased fuel bills. What’s more, Drax’s conversion actually allows it to burn more coal long into the future. Even after the conversion they’ll be burning some 3.7 million tonnes of coal every year from opencast mines in the UK and imported from places like Colombia, where communities have been forced off their land for expanding mines.
Come along to our Drax AGM protest to call for an end to big biomass and coal, an end to subsidies that allow operators like Drax to keep profiting from destruction, and for genuinely climate and people-friendly alternatives.
We’re mobilising for Drax’s AGM on the 23rd April in London, and before that hosting the Biomess Awards – have you voted for your biggest biomass baddie yet? Watch this space for more information on the time, venue and plan.
To find out more about our other campaigns such as our efforts to stop more Green Bank funding for biomass see Banking on Big Biomass and for more information on coal-biomass conversions see our campaign page Coal-Biomass Conversions.
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The following groups are supporting our Drax AGM protest:
- Campaign Against Climate Change
- Christian Ecology Link
- Coal Action Network
- Colombia Solidarity Campaign
- Frack Free Somerset
- Friends of the Earth Tayside
- London Mining Network
Will your group lend its support too? If so please email us on email@example.com.