In 2018, the government effectively ended future subsidy for burning wood for electricity, sending the clear message that this is no longer considered part of the solution to climate change.
However, UK power stations received £1.5 billion in UK renewable subsidies in 2019 to burn millions of tonnes of wood pellets. Many of these pellets came from clear-felled biodiverse forests in Europe, Canada and the Southern USA.
The good news is that £1.26 billion of the £1.5 billion in renewable subsidies for biomass burning are Renewable Obligation Certificate subsidies that can be transferred from wood-burning power stations to low-carbon renewable energy.
We are asking MPs to help us to call for existing Renewable Obligation subsidies to be redirected from tree burning in UK power stations towards renewable and low-carbon solar, wave and wind power.
This will not only save millions of pounds to be invested in genuinely renewable wind, wave and solar energy but will also help the UK to meet our international climate commitments.
HOW CAN YOU TAKE ACTION?
You can help in one in 3 ways:
1.If you live in the UK please contact you MP to sign the Pledge using the below form:
2. Or you can contact your UK MP via our Cut Carbon Not Forests website (click below button) and send a email to your local MP.
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